I'm more optimistic but the grade is about right. If Zeke has a good year, we get through the first four games and our key players stay healthy it's a good step. I think Smith will work out. The cowboys team doctor performed the surgery, he's probably the most capable member of the cowboys. If we go into next year having won ten games, turned out with four starters from this draft with a top five potential rb, a 90 percent smith, improved byron, Lawrence, Gregory and two of our later picks pan out we should be Happy. We'll bring in more pass rushers and corners by next year. I really believe most of those things could happen and we can make a run in the second and third year of this window. Obviously a disaster has a 50 percent chance of happening with the cowboys but that would doom the season anyways. Ramsey wasn't all we needed to get to the promise land, and I don't think he was the piece that was taking us to a Superbowl. We're still close to being close. Would have preferred Payton Lynch, but not enough to be tied to him. Also, not trading with Baltimore was just stupid. We'd have another 4th round DE coming into camp.
I had hoped they would pick Ramsey as well. However, if we end up with two pro bowlers in this draft then it's a huge success. If Elliot produces 80 percent of what demarco did, and they hold off the first four games then they could win the division. The defense was pretty bad that year as well. I was only hoping for a top twenty defense last year, and they were 16th. With scandrick back, a second year for Jones And the suspended pass rushers along with lee healthy. If the cowboys can have a top 15 defense this year by week 8, we can win the NFC east. Nothing was really giving us a super bowl this year. With a three year window I think a healthy romo has, the pieces added could certainly help make that happen before this decade ends. Am I stoked about the draft? No. But I'm not pulling my hair out either. If everything clicks, a ten win team and maybe a playoff win could be a step towards where we want to be. Hopefully we'll add some average vets. If this was difficult to read, sorry. New garbage phone.
Summary: When Reed first came to Florida, the Gators' coaching staff under Urban Meyer knew they had a good talent but weren't exactly sure what to do with him. After redshirting in 2009, Reed caught only six passes for 79 yards and one touchdown in 2010. That was mainly because Florida had him playing other positions in the majority of his snaps. For instance, he played some spread-option quarterback and completed 26-of-46 passes for 252 yards. Reed also ran for 328 yards and five touchdowns.
As a sophomore, Reed was made a full-time tight end by former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. Reed took to the position well and flashed some nice receiving ability in Weis' pro-style system. He caught 28 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns as sophomore in 2011.
In 2012, Reed had an excellent season for the Gators and led them in receiving. He totaled 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns. The Gators could have gotten more out of Reed, but sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel was inconsistent. There were a lot of plays where Reed was open but Driskel didn't get him the ball. Reed had a costly fumble inside the 10-yard line late in the fourth quarter in a close loss to Georgia when Florida was attempting to tie the score.
Reed is a somewhat raw tight end, but he should be able to contribute as a receiver immediately in the NFL. He is fast and consistently beats man coverage. His route-running is very good, and he has no problem getting separation. Reed is deadly running down the middle seam. He gets downfield quickly and presents mismatch problems for linebackers and safeties.
Reed needs to improve his blocking. It would help him to gain more muscle to take on front seven defenders in the NFL. Early in his career, Reed may not be used on an every-down basis because of his blocking limitations.
Right now, Reed looks like a second-day pick who could easily go in the second round. There are a lot of teams that could use him, so waiting to take him in the third round would be risky. Reed could be the third tight end off the board.
Player Comparison: Aaron Hernandez. Reed has a similar skill set to his mentor. Over the past few years, Hernandez has tutored Reed. Neither one is a big tight end, but they burn defenses with their quickness and athleticism. Hernandez fell to the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft because of off-the-field issues, but he generally graded out as a second-rounder like Reed. It wouldn't be surprising if Reed develops into a tight end similar to Hernandez.
NFL Matches: Chicago, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Green Bay
There are a number of teams that could target Reed on the second day of the draft. The Bears and Buccaneers both badly want a receiving target to work the middle of the field. They see opportunities there with defenses focused on their outside receivers. Reed would make sense for Chicago or Tampa Bay in the second round.
The Falcons are going to have to replace Tony Gonzalez one of these years, and Reed would offer a lot to them as a receiver. Atlanta would need to develop Reed's blocking to have a true three-down tight end like Gonzalez.
Miami needs a receiving tight end to work with Ryan Tannehill. Anthony Fasano is a good blocker and decent receiver, but Tannehill needs more weapons to work with. Reed would be a good tight end to work with the Dolphins' young quarterback. Likewise for Seattle, the Seahawks could use a tight end for Russell Wilson. Reed would be a potential second-round pick for either the Seahawks or Dolphins.
The Packers could have some turnover at tight end this offseason and Reed is a great fit in their offense. Reed would be a nice athletic receiver for Aaron Rodgers.