2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Vanderbilt TE Jared Pinkney

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Jared Pinkney

Height: 6’4

Weight: 260 lbs


2019 John Mackey Award Preseason Watchlist
2019 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watchlist
2019 Preseason All-American First-Team by Sporting News


Three-Star recruiting prospect by 247Sports, Rivals, and ESPN.  Was redshirted in 2015 due to injury.  Productive tight end that has contributed at a high-level all four years of college.  Has made John Mackey Award Preseason Watchlist for two years straight as nation’s top TE.  In this article, we’ll breakdown his playing style and evaluate his future as an NFL Tight End prospect.



What I Like:

Highpoint Catches In Traffic

This play is a prime example of how effective Jared Pinkney is downfield.  While he won’t burn defenders off the line of scrimmage, Pinkney is able to get downfield rather quickly.  He displays a good ability to locate and track the ball quickly, even in traffic.  Pinkney’s size is an asset for him as he towers over the defender to high point the ball and bring it down for the catch to put the Commodores within striking range of the goal line.



What I Dislike:

Inline Blocking Ability

Jared Pinkney is lined up on the left side of the offensive line and misses his block to the right.  Once the block is initially missed, I’d like to see Pinkney re-engage the DE and attempt to establish leverage on the block, but he’s not able to do so until the play is nearly over.



Where I’ve Seen Improvement

Change of Direction and Burst of Speed

Jared Pinkney displays good athleticism, especially on this play.  He catches the ball well out in the flat and shows a good ability to read the field quickly to find open lanes.  After a cut to change direction, he displays a quick burst to fight for extra yards as he nearly gets a first down.



Overall Breakdown

Jared Pinkney displays good athleticism, especially at his very good size.  Has a very good frame for the position, which he’s able to use to his advantage quite often.  Has a good ability to fight through press coverage at the LOS.  Has good acceleration, although he does appear to be a bit of a stiff runner, is able to get upfield quickly.  Displays a solid ability to find a seam and provide a safety net for the QB.  Has a solid to good ability to catch the ball in traffic, and shows good concentration to catch the ball and doesn’t appear to hear footsteps.  Has a very good ability to highpoint the ball in traffic, due to his tall frame.  Displays a solid ability to cut in and out of routes quickly, which he uses to create separation at the top of the route.  Has good balance to remain upright and continue to fight for yards with defenders in contact.  Shows to have a good ability to reach second level blocks quickly and establish leverage to drive through the defender to open lanes.  Does a good job of picking up zone blocking assignments and shows to have solid awareness.

Displays an adequate ability as an inline defender.  Also displays to have an adequate use of hands in regards to his blocking assignments, which he must correct quickly.


2020 NFL Draft Projection

Late-Second to Mid-Third Round

Jared Pinkney is a productive flex tight end that’s used in a variety of roles at Vanderbilt.  He has an excellent frame for the position, which should work to his advantage at the next level.  Look for him to come off the board in the middle of the second day, although it’s possible that he could fall further.

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