Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Scouts: Miami improves TE haul
By Craig Haubert
Miami has continued to add to its top 25 class with a couple of surprise post-signing day pick-ups. They first gained ESPN 300 running back Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) and now have brought into the mix one of the top-rated tight end prospects in the 2013 class, Derrick Griffin (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry).
Miami has produced some very good tight ends, but has recently lacked the type of playmaking presence and even consistency that they have had there in the past, but the Hurricanes have made efforts to try and make the TE position a real strength for them again. They have now signed three tight ends, led by their most recent pick-up, Griffin. They had already signed ESPN 150 TE Standish Dobard (New Orleans/Edna Karr), who needs to show a little more consistency with his hands, but has the tools to be a good well-rounded player at the position. Juco pick-up Beau Sandland (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College) should be able to offer more immediate help and a more consistent target in the passing game. However, the pick-up of Griffin gives Miami a player with the athletic tools to potentially develop into a dynamic player at the position.
This is a big athletic kid with room to fill out further. He has good speed for his size and can present a vertical threat at the position. He also possesses soft hands and a nice catch radius. With a basketball background and his height, he can be a real red-zone threat for the Hurricanes with his ability to go up and get the ball. He does need to continue to develop at aspects of the position, like becoming a better blocker, and if he should also play basketball that could slow his development physically and as a player, but overall this is a big athletic tight end who can offer some versatility and has the tools to develop into a playmaking presence at the position.