Three-year starter who caught 24 passes for 282 yards in 2016. Had 16 receptions for 139 yards and one touchdown as a junior in 2015. Made 20 catches for 174 yards and one TD in 2014.
Athletic tight end prospect with next-level size/speed numbers yet pedestrian production. Comes back to the quarterback, extends his hands and uses his frame to shield defenders. Flashes soft and strong hands with the ability to pull the ball from the air, turns upfield and shows a burst. Gives effort blocking, stays square and gets leverage on opponents.
Lacks a quick release off the line of scrimmage. Despite his 40 time, plays like a one-speed tight end and does not get separation downfield. Indecisive as a blocker. Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him on occasion.
Culkin looks the part yet has never played up to expectations and grades as a marginal practice-squad prospect.