Full Name: Ben Troupe School: Florida
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 265 40: 4.71 Number: 84
2002: Started six of the first seven games and finished with 15 catches for the year.
2001: Played in all 11 regular season games and had nine catches on the season for 98 yards and a touchdown.
2000: Backup at tight end as a true freshman.
The Good: Big, athletic tight end that can be a complete player at the position in the NFL. As a blocker displays decent footwork in pass protection, strength at the point and the ability to anchor yet also gets movement from run blocks. Blocks with leverage, balance and effectively uses his hands. Solid pass catcher that extends, looks the ball in and uses his large frame to shield away defenders. Fluid releasing into pass routes, adjusts to the errant throw and displays soft hands. Reliable and strong running after the reception.
The Bad: Bends at the waist which hurts his balance. Not fast, light on his feet nor a tight end that makes many plays into the defensive secondary.
The Skinny: Troupe showed us a lot of overall skill as far back as 2001 yet when the offensive system changed last season so did his role. He's gone from an in-line tight end whose main duties were blocking to a pass catcher that often lines up in the slot. We've always maintained he is a better version of Erron Kinney, though Troupe may be drafted a little later than the former Gator.
Scouting Report: Ben Troupe
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