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: Joe Marino
Name: DeAndre Goolsby
Position: Tight End
High School: Derby (Kansas)
Games Played: 34
Games Started: 16
Production: 55 receptions, 619 yards, 11.3 average, 4 touchdowns
High School: Co-captain of 2013 Kansas All-State team. Three-star recruit that chose Florida over Oklahoma, Ohio State, Arkansas and Kansas State.
College: Nothing notable
Strengths: Nice hands and regularly secures the football with arms extended away from his body. Looks the ball in and hangs on through contact. Has the ability to create yards for himself after the catch. Has good upfield burst and makes well-timed cuts to make tacklers miss. Demonstrates the ability to use his off-hand to execute stiff arms and fight for yards. Knows how to box-out defenders and position his body to win at the catch point. Runs well-timed routes and has a natural feel for beating zone coverage. Has the burst to challenge the seam.
Weaknesses: Has run a limited route tree and his production mainly comes from leaking into the flats or simple bench routes. Not the guy you want blocking inline and having to exchange power with defensive lineman. Will get re-routed in contact window and has issues with his release when challenged with a jam at the line of scrimmage.
Summary: Florida Gators tight end DeAndre Goolsby offers appeal as a move tight end that excels when lining up in the slot or as a wing. He has a natural feel for catching the football and finding space against zone coverage. He plays with great timing and offers the ability to pick up yards after the catch with burst, physicality and some elusive traits.
His production has been underwhelming so far in his career but poor quarterback play has marred his ability to make plays. If he can get on the same page with whoever wins the quarterback battle, Goolsby is an obvious breakout candidate. When the opportunities have been presented to make plays in the passing game, Goolsby has answered the call. According to Krossover, Florida quarterbacks completed 67% of their passes with a 116.9 rating when targeting Goolsby.
While Goolsby is an intriguing receiving option, he’s not ideally suited for in-line blocking duties and being tasked with turning out defensive ends. He is a willing blocker that has greater success when blocking in space.
Predicted Value Range: Middle Rounds