Gerald Everett hasn’t received the recognition that guys from bigger schools, such as Alabama’s O.J. Howard and Miami’s David Njoku, but the South Alabama tight end has shown that he’s worthy of a late first or early second-round pick.
The two-time All-Sun Belt selection had a combined 1,292 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 90 receptions in his two years at South Alabama.
He can create immediate separation off of the line of scrimmage, and has the acceleration and agility to beat opposing safeties down the seam. His 33-inch long arms give him a wide catch radius, and like most tight ends he isn’t afraid to go over the middle.
Everett always gets yards after the catch, and his acceleration off his plant foot in his routes allows him to make would-be tacklers miss and get up field. He’s a solid blocker as well and runs with physicality, running right through arm tackles.
Everett’s route running needs more consistency, as he often rounds most of his routes and could use some work breaking press coverage at the line. He often decelerates when the ball is in the air, has small hands and tries to make flashy one-handed catches when balls are thrown outside of his catch radius.
His lack of touchdowns is a little concerning, but Everett has all of the tools to be a great NFL tight end. He’s a player that Giants fans need to keep their eye on, especially if they don’t draft Howard or Njoku in the first round.
Everett may likely fall to the second round, and the Giants should consider moving up a few spots to get him and satisfy their need at that position.