Oh, the places you’ll go. No, I’m not talking about the classic Dr. Seuss book, but instead referring to Gerald Everett’s path during his college football career. From a JUCO school to UAB then to South Alabama, Everett ended his college career playing for three different college teams. Forced to leave UAB after the football program folded, Everett landed at South Alabama to the Jaguars’ pleasure. He stood out as a big, athletic target at TE, and ended his senior season with 49 catches for 717 yards and 4 TDs – averaging 15 yards per catch if you want to round up.
A classic case of basketball star turned football tight end, Everett looks to follow in the same career path as greats such as Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham, among others. Everett has busted onto the national scene, and if you pay close attention like most draftniks, you would’ve noticed him mocked as a 1st rounder back in January on Daniel Jeremiah’s first mock draft of the year.
After playing in February’s Senior Bowl, Everett continued to make a name for himself during practice week. An Atlanta native, his favorite athlete is Eric Ebron of the Detroit Lions. In what has shaped up to develop into one of the deepest tight end classes in recent memory, where does he fall on draft weekend?
Name: Gerald Everett
Size: 6’3”/239/33” Arm Length
School: South Alabama
Comparison: Virgil Green (Denver Broncos)
Draft Grade: 3rd Round
Combine Results: 40-Yard Dash: 4.62 – Bench Press: 22 Reps – Vertical Jump: 37.5” – Broad Jump: 126”, 3-Cone Drill: 6.99, 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.33
Positives: Practically a big, athletic receiver out there for the offense. Quick release. Fluid route runner. Knows how to create separation in space. Nifty footwork for his size. Smooth transition into out routes. Demands double-teams downfield. In single coverage, just throw him the ball and let him go up and get it. High points the ball and corrals it with ease. Pounces to the ball between split coverage. Bullies defenders after the catch and has the athletic ability to go the distance. Displays good blocking fundamentals. Knows how to utilize arm length to his advantage when blocking. Leans with shoulder on cut blocks.
Negatives: Blocking demands some polishing, although he does show room for improvement. Tends to go quiet during games. Athletic ability seems to be maxed out. Small hands (8 1/2”). Production lower than you’d like at his level of play. Ability to learn an NFL playbook has surfaced as a question mark.
Outlook: Everett is an intriguing prospect in that he has the size and athleticism to play an H-back type role at the next level and also brings that mismatch ability that teams covet from their TE. He actually performed pretty well at the Combine, but was overshadowed by other standouts such as Evan Engram and O.J. Howard. Contrary to popular belief, I like what he does as a route runner and the smoothness he presents out of his breaks. He’ll only continue to get better in that regard. While he may be maxed out athletically, he offers a lot to an offense from day one as a mismatch receiver downfield and the aforementioned H-back role. I value him as a late Day 2 pick/4th round guy which is likely where he’ll be selected.