TE Virginia 6-7 253 SR #0
GRADE: 79 OVR RANK: NR POS RANK: NR
ARM LENGTH: 34 ½”//HAND SIZE: 9 ½”//40YD: 4.61 (94%)//10YD: 1.57 (97%)
VJ: 37 ½” (96%)//BJ: 10’09” (99%)//BP: 24 (89%)//SS: 4.33 (73%)//3C: 6.95 (91%)
Projection: Tools-y potential starter, who will require some development to become contributor but could develop into impact starter in life of rookie contract. Draft Projection: Day 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: The Ravens are Tight End savants, especially the athletic type. And Woods ticks many of their boxes, in fact, enough to make him a red star in this guide. The speed at his size will be intriguing and so will his competitiveness and grit in the run game. As a former, almost exclusively, blocking TE at Oklahoma State before his Senior transfer, he has the potential to be a good run blocker in their run-heavy scheme. But, he also showed enough growth as a receiver at Virginia, in one year, to suggest that more is possible in that phase of his game. The Ravens would have to be patient but his upside in their offense is alluring.
Overall Fit 5/5
Very good off the line of scrimmage with his size, play strength and movement skills. He can release against chips at the line of scrimmage when playing in-line, using his hands to club defenders out of the way and get back on the red-line. Also when lined up outside and facing press coverage with a jam he can use his hand placement and power to get a quick jump on Defensive Backs at the line of scrimmage. Most importantly for the position he’s an excellent processor and reads coverages well. He’s able to find the soft spot in Zone coverage with regularity, particularly adept at finding the space between two hook/curl zones in the middle of the field but in front of the Safety. He uses his processing to get open against man coverage too but it’s his athleticism that stands out as his main weapon in gaining separation. A better linear athlete than lateral, he does have good horizontal explosion but doesn’t have outstanding hip fluidity.
On less hard-angle cuts, like vertical cuts, he’s able to attack with lean and use good body mechanics and posture to gain separation at the break point, before accelerating after the break point. On 90 degree, two-step cuts on digs and outs, he takes too many steps and too much ground to get perpendicular to the line of scrimmage and lets the cover guy back into the play. There are two areas that need further development in terms of gaining separation, the first is him learning the tricks of the trade to separate using his play strength. You’d like to see him employ a chicken wing move on bam steps and use better hand timing to get hands-y DBs out of phase. The second is how to create more separation at the catch-point using his body.
If he can master both of these, his other weapons should make him a prolific receiving threat. On balls thrown at chest level or above, he will catch outside of his frame and pluck the ball. On balls thrown at his stomach or lower, he doesn’t adjust his hands with manual dexterity to position for the catch and subsequently lets the ball into his body with inconsistent results. He is learning how to use his body at the catch-point to shield the ball and secure the catch but DBs/LBs with better ball skills can find a way around that at the moment.
As a run blocker he is competitive and aggressive and his combination of length, speed and explosion allow him to win regularly in space on DBs and LBs. He can position in space because of his foot speed and then deploys his length to fit the block inside the frame of the defender, and finish by continuing to drive his feet on contact. As a Gap blocker, he has a positioning deficiency with his attack step that means he doesn’t consistently bring his feet with him and LOS defenders who can better match his length eliminate his margin for error. It means he can’t fit and finish Drive and Down blocks effectively.
Technical improvements necessary in both his separation quickness and his gap blocking but size/speed combination is rare and he has grown in college, chance for future growth.
SR: 71 Tgts, 44 Recs, 598 Rec Yards (13.6 Ave), 8 Rec TD
SO: 16 Tgts, 8 Recs, 129 Rec Yards (16.1 Ave), 1 Rec TD