TE Derrick Deese Jr

HT: 6’3″
WT: 230
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Kennedy
Hometown: Westlake Village, California
Phil Steele: PS#368JC

Overview: Derrick Deese Jr is going to be a strange scheme fit for evaluating NFL teams. He isn’t quite athletic enough to play the wide receiver position (even out of the slot) but isn’t quite big enough to play tight end. Deese was used mostly by the Spartans out of the slot, which leaves questions about his ability as an inline blocker. His father, Derrick Sr, played in the NFL, so there are bloodlines there.

Summer Scouting Notes: TE Derrick Deese Jr, San Jose State

Not incredibly fast, something that will be concerning with his lack of tight end size… a Very sudden player who isn’t going to stop and go very well after the catch, but offers some serious lateral movement ability… Has some upper body strength to shrug off tackles. This man did not skip leg days. He’s got some serious lower body strength that helps him with his sudden explosiveness. Shows good power in situations. Manhandled edge defenders on blocks with brute strength. Made up for his lack of acceleration in college with his brute power… Accelerates poorly after a move or a stop. Rumbled with his power that made him difficult to bring down… Explosive and physical after the catch…Not the most refined route runner, but certainly effective. Needs to clean up some of his footwork, but there is potential there. Surprisingly smooth out of the break, just want to see him be better going into it… Ran a lot of different routes at San Jose State from multiple places – out of the slot and inline. Very diverse route tree for a tight-end prospect… Flashes strong hands with a large catch radius. Consistently adjusts well to the ball and creates proper catch angles… Was consistent enough in space to scheme there as much as they could… Doesn’t offer much vertical ability to fight for contested catches… Does not catch well through contact consistently. Flashes the ability to routinely. Most effective as a receiver in space… Strong run blocker when called upon. Quick enough to pull and secure the corner in the Mountain West. Really not sure if he could in the NFL. Raw technique tries to manhandle people with brute strength.

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By John Vogel

NFL Draft Analyst. Dad.

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