This NFL Draft is slated to begin this evening as hopefuls across the nation prepare to hear their names called. Included on the list is none other than Mark Andrews. Completing his career at the University of Oklahoma, the tight end secured a Unanimous First Team All-American Selection. More impressively, Andrews has excelled on the grid iron while managing type I Diabetes.
There’s no denying that Mark Andrews is an exceptional and effective route runner especially in the red zone. One out of every five catches was a touchdown for the tight end. Possessing size that creates problems for defensive backs, Andrews showcased athleticism to make tacklers miss. Averaging 15.8 yards per catch throughout his career at Oklahoma, Andrews has the playmaking ability that others covet.
During his collegiate career, Andrews suffered an injury that randomly plagued the receiver. On tape, it would appear as though the tight end lost a bit of explosiveness and speed. However, the most glaring question concerning the future of this player is the ability to block. With a large frame, Andrews will be asked to play a large role in run blocking. If he can handle the task, he’ll likely cement himself as a starter in the NFL.
Because of the concerns expressed, Andrews has been labeled as a “big slot receiver” in some circles. It’s a negative connotation for a player hoping to insert himself in the starting lineup of an NFL roster at the tight end position. Regardless, there are some things that can be taught. It’s about molding the player into who he can be on the next level and Andrews has the proper tools at his disposal. Needless to say, it looks like a round three draft grade for the for Sooner.