Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Washington
6’6″ 262 pounds – Junior
Austin started 35-of-38 games for the Huskies, including the last 28. The Fox Island, Washington native recorded 146 receptions for 1,840 yards and 21 touchdowns, shattering the school records among tight ends. Won the John Mackey Award in 2013, an honor given to the nation’s top tight end, and was a finalist for the award in 2012. All-Pac 12 second-team honors in 2012 and 2013.
He is a big, imposing presence with the ball in the middle of the field. Very long arms, and his soft and strong hands makes him a sure-handed catcher with a great catching radius. Good, quick release off the line of scrimmage with fair top end speed. Finds holes in the defense and settles nicely. Adjusts to the ball well displaying good body control. Improved significantly as a pass blocker in 2013. Plays a more finesse, technical style of play more so than power. Suspended the first game of the 2013 season due to a DUI conviction in a single-car incident; however displayed great humility and accountability afterwords. Missed the scouting combine and pro day workouts due to a stress fracture in his left foot, which he is currently recovering from.
BOTTOMLINE FOR THE BUCS:
The Bucs continue to bring in big, tall weapons for QB Josh McCown to throw the ball to. Tampa Bay has a well documented history of struggling in the red zone. Now with WR Mike Evans and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins added to the roster, those days could be coming to an end. Jenkins could become the every-down tight end the Bucs have been coveting. He is a solid blocker with sure hands while finding open spots in the defense. But what does this mean for the other tight ends? With Brandon Myers, Tim Wright, and Tom Crabtree already on board, this could be the biggest position battle come training camp this summer.