Dynasty League Spotlight: Rob Blanchflower TE, UMass – 2014 NFL Draft
The Trashman, RosterWatch.com
Rob Blanchflower TE, UMass
Weight: 260 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.82 (estimated/reports)
NFL Comparison: Jason Witten
The all-time tight end receiving leader at UMass, Blanchflower missed almost half of his senior year to injury. That didn’t stop him from winning the Vern Smith leadership award as team captain though. An avid Rob Gronkowski fan, Blanchflower actually more closely resembles Jason Witten with great follow through on his blocks and his aforementioned knack for a leadership role. His hands are good, not great, but Blanchflower has excellent balance for a big man. He stays on his feet and finishes his catches much like his blocks, picking up every available inch of playing field and falling forward with a big body. Considered by many to be one of the top five tight ends in the draft, Blanchflower fits the prototypical NFL tight end mold to a T.
Blanchflower’s value in fantasy will rely mostly on the scheme he finds himself in. A consummate team player, you won’t see him complain about being used mainly in a blocking role, if that’s required of him. Still, you would have to think someone who holds their school record for receiving yards by a tight end would see his fair share of targets on NFL game days.