It’s no secret NFL teams are always looking for the next best pass-catching tight end in the draft and while there may not be the next Rob Gronkowski—Stanford‘s Zach Ertz is certainly worth considering from this year’s class in the 2013 NFL Draft. This year’s draft class isn’t as filled with as many standout tight ends like previous years–so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Ertz found his name off the board by the time the third round rolled around.
Not only does he have great frame for a player his size, but Ertz has been praised for his ability as a route runner and he could give teams an extra advantage on offense during the 2013 season. The tight end position has changed drastically over the last couple of years as teams are beginning to use these players more in the passing game and it will be interesting to see if Ertz has any trouble when it comes to making the transition.
As long as he can work on his strength and bulk up, there’s no reason why Ertz shouldn’t see significant playing time as a rookie. There are plenty of teams looking to gain an extra edge in the passing game by having that effective pass-catching tight to throw the football to and Ertz has an opportunity to receive plenty of playing time as a rookie in 2013–which is why he’s worth the risk in this year’s draft.
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