Mycole Pruitt is the only draft eligible tight end in the 2015 class to pull down at least 150 balls, as he ranks fourth overall in the FCS ranks among active players with 221 receptions for 2,601 yards and 25 touchdowns. He might lack ideal size and bulk that you look for in a classic tight end, but he has that strong, well-developed upper body frame that allows him to quickly gain advantage as a blocker. He has large, catcher’s mitt-like hands and shows the flexibility, along with the long arms to get to balls outside his frame.
The Salukis tight end has room to add some more bulk, but a massive overload will impact one of his best assets – quickness. He is a nice target for the quarterback, thanks to his balance and body control working through a crowd to find soft spots to settle under. He shows good awareness to uncover and make plays in front of linebackers, then, using his leg drive and forward body lean to pick up extra yardage after the catch (hates it when one tackler is able to stop him).
Pruitt has been used in a variety of roles as a pass catcher, whether lining up in the back-field, positioning outside or coming off the snap in a traditional stance. His routes are crisp, as he shows the athletic ability and quickness to sink his hips and separate. He has the power to avoid being rerouted and does a nice job of using his hands to leverage defenders and separate with his array of moves.
The Saluki is best served in the zone, where his quickness lets him take advantage of slower second level opponents, but he can also cause problems for cornerbacks on the rare times he runs deep patterns. With his smooth running stride and change of direction skills, he has that flash ability to set defenders when working up the seam. He runs a lot of delays and drags, which does not give him much opportunity to challenge in man coverage, but he has that fine ability to know where he needs to be in order to create spacing.
Mycole Pruitt Scouting Combine measurables
6-2/251 (4.58 forty)
33 1/2-inch arm length
10 1/4-inch hands
38-inch vertical jump
119-inch broad jump
4.37 20 yard shuttle
11.85 60 yard shuttle
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