Derrick Deese Jr.

Derrick Deese Jr.

Measurements
  • Height
    6032
  • Hand
    10 1/4
  • VJ
    31
  • Weight
    244lbs
  • Arm
    33 5/8
  • Speed
    4.93
TE Combine Averages
  • Height
    6045
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    33.5
  • Weight
    250lbs
  • Arm
    33
  • Speed
    4.72
Azzaam Kapadia - Scout
Derrick Deese Jr.
  • Overall Rank
    155
  • Position Rank
    10
  • Position
    TE
  • Team
    SAN JOSE ST

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2019 10 19 179 9.4 2
2020 8 20 240 12.0 5
2021 12 47 730 15.5 4

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Good, adequate build with his frame and long arms despite his limited size. Had a neck injury the first play of their bowl game in 2020 which ruled him out the rest of the game.

  • Size
    4
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 5.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Displays adequate toughness with his in-line blocking and being able to shrug off tackles. Adequate instincts in being able to adjust his routes according to the coverage. Average effort/motor as he can hold on to blocks but sometimes may get in the way.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    5
Grade 5.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Explosiveness on full display with his lower body strength off the LOS. Not incredibly fast, limiting him even more along with his size. Has long speed when running routes like posts. Average body control and flexibility, often looks stiff when trying to run routes or go up and make a catch. Doesn't leverage his frame when running routes or boxing out a defender. But, he will sometimes use his long arms to go and get the ball. Limited change of direction and not able to get many yards after catch. Displays above the line play strength with his physicality in the run game and ability to move defenders off their spot occasionally.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    4
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    4
  • Play Strength
    7
Grade 5.2

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Average route running that he must refine in order to be a reliable target at the pro level. Looks a little stiff in his route running. He is generally able to be in position with his routes, often running drags, posts, outs, and corners from a range of alignments. Strong and quick release off the LOS. Average hands, not natural when catching the football as it sometimes may go through his hands or he will try to use his chest. Occasionally has a good extension of arms to go get the ball if it is out of reach and make tough catches in contested situations. Does not break many tackles and his lack of speed is on display after the catch. Adequate blocker as he uses his length and play strength to sustain blocks. Often gets caught trying to use his strength too much in blocking and losing his technique while doing so. But, he is a competitive blocker and will try to move defenders off their spot. Needs to maintain his technique and drive his feet into the ground. Above the line strike as a blocker. Must refine his blocking techniques as well as his route running in order to be an above average reliable tight end at the next level.

  • Route Running
    5
  • Release
    7
  • Ball Skills
    5
  • Ball-Carrier Ability
    4
  • Blocking
    6
  • Strike
    7
  • Play Temperament
    5
  • Reliability
    5
Grade 5.5

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Transferred from Golden West Community College and played three seasons at San Jose St. Aligned in-line and in the slot. Mainly used in the slot, which leaves some question marks about his in-line blocking. His father played in the NFL as an offensive lineman, so there are bloodlines there. Has the strength and competitiveness to block and the reliable hands and radius to be a solid number two tight end at the next level. He has a lot of room to grow and could get better with some good coaching. Must refine his blocking technique and route running. Does a variety of things at an "average" level and won't be a consistent starting TE in the league. Project him as a late 5th, early 6th round pick.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • vs. New Mexico St.
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • 7 rec, 130 yards, 1 TD (7 targets)
  • iconWorst Game
  • @ Western Michigan
  • Sep - 25 - 2021
  • Poor blocking technique; 1 rec, 10 yards (3 targets)
Best Trait
Play strength and strike when blocking
Pro Comparison
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