Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has a tough decision to make after his team plays BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl Dec. 27: Stay in school for another season or make the leap to the NFL.
Seferian-Jenkins, a junior who won the 2013 John Mackey Award given to the nation’s most impressive tight end, received a second-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee, a source informed on the situation told FOXSports.com.
The committee, which is made up of pro scouts, typically reviews the player’s tape and tabulates a grade for each player that applies. The player will fall into five categories: first, second, third, fourth-seventh or unlikely to be drafted. While the grade isn’t foolproof, it gives the player and his family an idea of where he’s pegged to go in the draft.
The 6-foot-6, 276-pound tight end posted career lows in receptions (33) and yards (413), but proved to be a consistent threat in the red zone hauling in 7 touchdowns.
Seferian-Jenkins was named a third team/honorable mention All-American by The Associated Press earlier this week.
While he has dazzled on the field during his three years in Seattle, NFL teams will question his judgment after a July DUI arrest, which made national headlines. If Seferian-Jenkins can prove he was humbled by his mistake, he’ll likely be one of the first players selected from his position.
North Carolina’s Eric Ebron and Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro, who still has to make a decision, will also be highly regarded tight ends.