Scout's Notebook: TE Mickey Shuler

Rookie tight end Mickey Shuler, whose father had a 14-year NFL career, will compete for a backup spot in training camp later this summer. Here's a look at Shuler's background, college career and scouting report.

#82, Mickey Shuler, TE
(6040, 251, 4.59-4.80) Penn State

Notes: Born Mickey Charles Shuler, Jr., 10/9/86. Son of former Penn State, New York Jets (1978-89) and Philadelphia Eagles (1990-91) tight end Mickey Shuler, who played in the NFL for 14 seasons. Attended Eastern Pennsboro High School in Enola, Pa. Played tight end and linebacker as a prep, where he was coached by Todd Stuter. As a junior he made 40 catches for 562 yards and seven touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 40 passes for 564 yards and three scores and was selected team MVP. Also played basketball and ran track, where he was coached by his mother Sue. He was a two-time MVP in basketball and first-team all-conference selection. An outstanding student, Shuler was ranked in the Top 30 of his class when he graduated.

College: Redshirted in 2005. Saw limited action at tight end and fullback in 2006, providing depth and also contributing on special teams. Saw action in all 13 games in 2007, including 3 starts; caught 7 passes for 91 yards (13.0 avg.) and one touchdown. Split time with Andrew Quarless, starting 6 of 13 games as he caught 9-120-1 (13.3 avg.) in 2008. Started 4 of 13 games in 2009 and caught 11-89-2 (8.1 avg.). Added more than 25 pounds to his frame since arriving on campus. A kinesiology major, he graduate in December 2009.

Pre-Draft: Measured 6041 (6-4 1/8), 251 pounds at his Pro Day on March 17, 2010...28 reps at 225 pounds...1.60 10-yard dash...2.68 20-yard dash...4.59-4.76 40-yard dash...37 ½-inch vertical jump...10-11 broad jump...4.25 short shuttle...6.70 three-cone drill.

Pro: Selected in the seventh round (No. 214 overall) by the Vikings in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Positives: Steady, productive all-around player who does everything fairly well and can contribute on special teams. Has good hands. Catches the ball cleanly. Competes for the ball in traffic. Tenacious and effective blocker with underrated athleticism. Put up very solid numbers at his Pro Day workout. Comes with NFL bloodlines and knows what it takes to compete at the pro level. Has avoided injuries and should come in with plenty of mileage left on his body.

Negatives: Has no truly outstanding physical characteristic. Has a modest natural frame and lacks natural bulk and power. Is not overpowering or particularly physical as a blocker. More of a gliding, build-up type speed, he lacks true top-end speed, burst and acceleration. Has always split time and put up marginal productivity numbers in college.

Summary: Depending on how many tight ends the Vikings keep on the roster going into the regular season, Shuler will challenge for a roster spot and at worst would seem to be a very viable candidate for the practice squad. A high-effort overachiever who will be difficult for the coaches to cut coming out of training camp.

What they said:

"This position wasn't really a need. Shuler is probably a candidate for the practice squad." -Adam Caplan, Scout.com

"Though he's not as physically talented as Andrew Quarless, Mickey Shuler was the better tight end at Penn State. A decent pick in the seventh round. (Pick Grade: B)" -WalterFootball.com

"Shuler is a decent blocker, with good size for the position." -NFL.com

Kevin Brown has been providing personnel analysis and writing about the Vikings for more than 20 years with Viking Update. Follow VU on Twitter and discuss this and other topics on our message boards.

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