Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Hayden Plinke

Tight end
School: UTEP | Conference: C-USA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4.5 / 264 | 40: 4.97 | DRAFT YR:2017

Rankings

Grade
3.23
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Junior college transfer who started both seasons at UTEP. Earned First Team All-Conference USA honors in 2016 after catching 38 passes for 456 yards and eight touchdowns. Named Honorable Mention All-Conference USA as a junior, making 37 receptions for 410 yards. Started his college career at Boise State before transferring to Portland State.
Pos: 
Solid college tight end with a nice degree of upside. Plays smart, intelligent football, gives effort in his overall game and shows consistency as a pass catcher. Adjusts to the errant throw, extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame. Keeps the play in bounds after the catch working to pick up positive yardage. Makes the tough catch in a crowd and takes a pounding but holds onto the throw. Stays square as a blocker, gets leverage on opponents and plays through the whistle. Effectively sees and picks up the blitz. Fires off the snap into blocks.
Neg: 
Average strength at the point, does not block like a 260-pound tight end and rarely finishes off opponents. Really does not display naturally soft hands. Has poor speed and won’t create mismatches downfield.
Analysis: 
Plinke was an all-around tight end on the college level who offers enough ability to make an NFL roster as the third man on the depth chart. He must improve his blocking strength and the consistency of his hands but does the little things well enough to impress coaches.