The Jacksonville Jaguars turned in their final selection of the 2015 NFL Draft and selected Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack.
It's difficult to expect much from a seventh-round pick and he doesn't figure to be much of an impact player early on as he is firmly planted on the depth chart behind pricey free agent acquisition Julius Thomas and veteran Marcedes Lewis.
We asked Tim Prister of IrishIllustrated.com to help us out with a scouting report.
Koyack was a highly-touted tight end out of Oil City, Pa., who never had the athleticism of some of his tight end predecessors at Notre Dame such as Kyle Rudolph and Tyler Eifert — 2nd- and 1st-round draft choices in the last few years.
But Koyack is a sturdy guy with very good hands. He didn’t really get a chance to play on a full-time basis until his senior year. He caught 30 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns in ’14, including the game-winning grab in the end zone to defeat Stanford. He was a very reliable receiver when it came to carving out space, establishing his ground and making the short catches. But he never showed the ability to be much more than a possession receiver.
Koyack is a low-to-no maintenance kid. A really good, earnest kid. Probably too good of a kid for the NFL mindset, so to speak.
His love for the game has been questioned, and I believe that word spread in the months leading up to the draft. When he bench-pressed 225 pounds just 16 times at the Combine, his stock began to plummet. He generally was considered top five-to-eight among tight ends early in the process, but ultimately slid to the 15th overall tight end selected in the draft.
He’s a better on-the-move blocker than he is an in-line blocker, where that lack of brute strength is needed. Don’t see him as a long-term tight end in the NFL.
If the Jaguars can get one full contract out of a seventh-round pick that would have to be considered a victory.
Ben Koyack Scouting Report
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