Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Kyle Crabbs
Name: Adam Breneman
Position: Tight End
Date of Birth: 03/31/1995
College: Massachusetts (Penn State transfer)
High School: Cedar Cliff (PA)
Games Played: 26
Games Started: 17
Team Captain: No
Production: 85 receptions, 994 receiving yards, 11 receiving touchdowns.
High School: Rated as a four star recruit out of Cedar Cliff, settling on Penn State over offers from powerhouse programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia. Named a 2013 Under Armour All-American. Leads tight ends in pass production in state history (receptions, yards and touchdowns).
College: Earned undergraduate degree from Penn State at the age of 20. Walked away from football due to a lingering left knee issue, taking time off to work on a political primary campaign before testing injured knee. Decided upon return to game to attend a more pro-style offense at UMass. 2016 Campus Insiders Second team All-American. 2016 Mackey Award semi-finalist.
Games watched: South Carolina (2016), Florida (2016), Boston College (2016), Mississippi State (2016)
Strengths: Has awesome hand-eye coordination and strength in his hands. Able to successfully squeeze the football with a single hand and finish receptions while contorting his body. Does show an awareness to where bodies are around him and has ability to contort frame to diminish hit area and protect himself from big hits. Confident in the middle of the field and showcases great toughness to go high and pluck the football. Utilization at UMass mirrors that of traditional offenses, should ease transition to the NFL level in comparison to many college TE prospects. Has high aptitude at slipping off of contact and working into the second level to keep timing of routes.
Weaknesses: Athletic profile is that of a standard inline tight end; doesn’t successfully run away from defenders in the secondary and quickness at the top of routes is somewhat lacking. Injury history is notably concerning as well, had to take a year away from the game to heal his left knee. Ability to play with dynamic leap ability to accentuate catch radius may be compromised due to medicals as well. Skills as a blocker show polish but not high end functional strength or ability to reset the line of scrimmage working as an inline player.
Summary: Medicals are going to be a huge factor for UMass Tight End Adam Breneman. His knee injury was so bad that he was forced to walk away from many good friends and a top end program at Penn State. Only a prolonged absence from the game allowed for chronic pain to subside, what was the root cause of the injury and how well can Breneman manage it in the long run? A clean bill of medicals can help to boost Breneman into the range in which his current play suggests he may be worth.
As a player, Breneman doesn’t look to have top end elusiveness or quickness at the top of his routes, he’s old school. Many of today’s tight ends are glorified wide receivers but this is a true inline prospect. Breneman is comfortable playing in high traffic areas and has the body to absorb hits and still sustain his focus on the football. His role at the next level looks to be that of a zone beater and contested catch player in the short areas of the field. His splash plays down the field have come courtesy of defensive errors, he’s not going to pressure a defense or change a game plan on his own.
Yet strong hands, excellent concentration, clean routes, a strong catch radius and enough athleticism to make defenses pay for errors helps Breneman receive a draft worthy projection, even with ugly medicals looming in the background.
Predicted Value Range: Late Day 2/Early Day 3 Range