Position: Tight End
Projected 40-Time: 4.75
Star Rating: Grade: 91
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Gresham is an exceptional pass catching threat who has prototypical size and the potential to be one of the elite tight ends at the next level. He gets a quick release off the line, works well in space and flashes soft, reliable hands over the middle and downfield. He runs crisp routes and is fluid in and out of his breaks. He uses his frame to his advantage, shows toughness, and shields defenders away while he catches the ball away from his body. He adjusts well to errant throws and has the athleticism and focus to make the acrobatic happen. He runs with a purpose after the catch, is determined to gain additional yards, and is tough to bring down in the open field. He's a willing blocker who does a good job in space as a run blocker. He's a leader and a reliable option for the quarterback.
Weaknesses: He has to use his hands more effectively as a blocker and defeating the jam off the line of scrimmage. He's coming off of a significant knee injury.Steuber Says: Gresham was a productive player during his career at Oklahoma, playing in 42 games and starting 19. But, he only started one full season during his four-year career. He missed the entire 2009 season after he had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, and it's unknown how his knee will react during workouts this offseason. Gresham had a breakout junior campaign in 2008 catching 66 passes for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns, and if he had decided to enter the 2009 NFL Draft, he most likely would have been a mid-first round pick. There's no denying his talent and his ability to be a playmaker, and despite the injury, Gresham will still be a first round pick this April if he checks out medically. Gresham's main competition this offseason will be Florida's Aaron Hernandez, who is four inches smaller than Gresham and is a lesser blocker. But just like Gresham, Hernandez had a breakout junior campaign in '09 and proved to be a dynamic offensive weapon who can stretch the field. If all goes well, Gresham should come off the board in the 21 – 30 range with the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 21), New England Patriots (No. 22), Baltimore Ravens (No. 25) or Arizona Cardinals (No. 26) as possible destinations.
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