Packers Undrafted Rookie Scouting Report: Jake Stoneburner, TE Ohio State
- Jake Stoneburner, TE Ohio State
- 6’4”/252 lbs
- Hometown – Dublin, Ohio
- 40 yard: 4.62
- 20 yard: 2.65
- 10 yard: 1.63
- Bench: 18
- Vertical: 34.5
- Broad: 116”
- Shuttle: 4.27
- 3-cone: 7.12
Outside of Jermichael Finley, the Packers like their tight ends to be versatile. Whether it be playing special teams, in the slot, inline, in motion, or even behind the line of scrimmage as a fullback, if the Packers want a jack-of-all-trades, they are going to go with a tight end. However jack-of-all-trades usually means master of none, and with the Packers, they have a ton of tight ends that all sort of fit the same mold. Jake Stoneburner is another, a former wide receiver turned tight end from Ohio State, he can do a little bit of everything, but doesn’t shine in any particular spot. Add to that his arrest for urinating on a building and then hiding from the police (which in light of the recent news Aaron Hernandez has made can be considered a “boys will be boys” mistake) and Stoneburner surprising fell out of the draft after being predicted a late round pick. Will Stoneburner be another diamond in the rough that Thompson digs up or another tight end who is never good enough at one thing to warrant seeing the field?
CBS: Stoneburner is a tall athlete with good length and catching radius. He plays with excellent body control to adjust and come down with the catch, showing very good field awareness. Stoneburner has usually strong hands and focus to snatch the ball out of the air and make some tough catches look easy. He makes plays after the catch, showing good effort and power to pick up tough yards. Stoneburner has smooth footwork in his routes and straight-line speed to make plays downfield. He displays some tenacity as a blocker and does a nice job on the perimeter. Stoneburner did a nice job finding the end zone with 13 career touchdowns, scoring once every 4.1 times he touched the ball.
National Football Post: Experienced lining up in a variety of alignments, Stoneburner brings versatility to the tight end / h-back position that NFL teams love. From both an in-line alignment and when he goes in motion, Jake does a good job of seal blocking defender inside to help running back get the corner. Able to get through the LOS to the second level quickly, Jake can be a good blocker out in space when he stays over feet and under control. When he keeps his knees bent and stays over feet he does a good job of pass blocking; primarily from a wing-back alignment. While not a blazer, he has good straight line speed for a tight end. He has soft hands and does an excellent job of getting the ball tucked away fast so that he can hold onto the ball when he gets hit right after the catch. He is a strong and competitive runner after the catch who can run through arm/grab tackles.
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- His background as a former wide receiver is apparent, he looks like a wide receiver playing in a tight end body
- Not going to dominate anyone when blocking, but good enough to move his assignment out of the way or at least stalemate them
- More a smooth athlete than a quick one.
- Does use his body well to shield defenders away from the ball
- Lined up in multiple positions, seems most at home from the slot
- Appears to be a pretty natural ball catcher, doesn’t fight the ball or let it hit his chest.
Packers rationale: Stoneburner appears to almost be the doppelganger of former Packers tight end Tom Crabtree; while Crabtree was known for his blocking prowess and ended up being a sneaky receiver, Stoneburner is known for his receiving prowess but ended up being a sneaky blocker. Either way, the Packers are likely going to use Stoneburner in a similar fashion; he’ll be moved all around the field, from fullback, inline as a tight end and in the slot as a possession receiver. If teams pay as little attention to Stoneburner as they did Crabtree, I could see Stoneburner making a similar impact on the offense. There however is a numbers game at tight end; outside of Jermichael Finley, there are a lot of Packers tight ends that are sort of lumped together in terms of ability, in fact everything I said about Stoneburner could be applied to both Ryan Taylor and DJ Williams. Also keep in mind the Packers are high on Brandon Bostick, a hold over from the practice squad last year. In my opinion, Taylor and Williams probably have the advantage in terms of experience and being drafted by the Packers, so Stoneburner’s best shot is probably on the practice squad. The Packers do like to keep multiple receivers stashed away on the practice squad and Stoneburner probably has the ability and talent to at least be considered later on.——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.