Tyler Higbee

Western Kentucky
TE #82
6’6″ 249

Pros:

  • Plays like a former receiver with smooth route-running
  • Great straight-line speed and speed in the open field
  • Uses body control to haul in tough catches; only dropped one pass in 2015
  • Knows when to catch balls close to his body in traffic
  • Possesses the speed and savviness to work off the LOS and into the second level
  • Can run after the catch and break tackles
  • Large catch radius
  • Huge target
  • Physical, aggressive blocker

Cons:

  • Scouts will have questions about his knee injury
  • Didn’t play much in four years
  • Absorbs power rather than delivering as a blocker
  • Lacks explosiveness in and out of breaks
  • Often runs upright

The former two star recruit started out as a wide receiver at WKU, but despite playing in 11 games as a true freshman, only caught two passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. He redshirted in 2012 and converted in tight end in 2013 where he caught 13 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown; his stat line improved very little the following year (save for touchdowns) as he caught 15 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns. Higbee had a breakout 2015, catching 38 passes for 563 yards and eight touchdowns in only nine games as he missed the other five due to a knee injury.

Pro comparison: Kevin Boss

Projected draft value: 2nd-3rd round




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