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NFL Draft Prospect Series: Blake Jarwin

We continue our series with a tight end full of potential.

NCAA Football: Alamo Bowl-Oklahoma State vs Colorado Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft begins today with the first round. Multiple former Oklahoma State players are hoping to hear their names called this weekend. We’re breaking down the draft profiles of each one through out the week leading up to round one of the draft.

We already looked at Chris Carson, Jordan Sterns, Ashton Lampkin, and Jhajaun Seales. Today we focus on Blake Jarwin, or as we like to call him, Air Jarwin.


Blake Jarwin, former Oklahoma State cowboy back, will be looking to go from walk-on to draftee. His college career numbers don’t show how important he was to the Cowboys. If this was a baseball player, we would be talking about a 4-5 tool guy right now. He was a good blocker out of the backfield, a smart special teams player, a safety valve for Mason Rudolph and a big play threat for one of the most dynamic offenses in college football.

While being a major piece in the Oklahoma State offense, Jarwin’s numbers aren’t what you would usually see out of a pass catching draft pick. To be fair, when there are four productive receivers on the field with you at all times, you can see how it would be difficult to “get yours.” Without gaudy numbers, it’s easy to say that guys like O.J. Howard (Alabama), Jake Butt (Michigan) and Jordan Leggett (Clemson) would be valued ahead of Jarwin. Jarwin is likely to be picked up based off of potential rather than production.

Career Stats and Accolades

Receptions - 41

Yards - 616

Touchdowns - 5

Avg yards per rec. - 16.5 yards

1st Team All-Big 12 (2015)

2nd Team All-Big 12 (2016)

1st Team Big 12 Academic All-American (2015 & 2016)

Strengths

Used everywhere -- in-line, as a wing, from the slot, and split wide. Smooth acceleration into routes. Operated underneath for Oklahoma State, but has the athleticism to threaten downfield. Crisp in his route work. Snaps routes off quickly and works back to the throw. Tough over the middle and fights for contested catches. Good flexibility to twist and adjust to throws. Excellent leaper who can go get it. Focus drops from 2015 became catches in 2016. Immediate north-south runner after the catch. Can drag tackles for extra yardage. Instinctive lead blocker who makes good reads. Can adjust to moving targets on second level.

via NFL.com

Weaknesses

More of a pre-snap squat than a pre-snap stance with legs very wide. Inconsistent blocker when asked to play in-line. Play strength needs work; can be tossed around at point of attack. Needs to activate hands as second-level blocker rather than relying on light shoulder checks. Takes poor angles to edge rushers when asked to pass protect. Lack of getaway burst after the catch limits his playmaking potential. Limited production as pass catcher over last three years.

via NFL.com

Sources Tell Us

Since the Alamo Bowl, in which Jarwin caught two passes for 20 yards and a TD, Jarwin has been all over, working out and meeting teams. He traveled to the facilities of the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts. And he has heard from many more teams.

via Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World. Check out his full article on Jarwin here.

NFL.com projects Jarwin to be taken in the 6th or 7th round.

CRFF Bottom Line

I think there will be a team to take a flyer on Blake Jarwin during the final day of the draft. Jarwin carries himself like a true professional, knows how to work, knows how to take care of his body and he has a great head on his shoulders.

Good luck, Blake!