Austin Seferian-Jenkins was neck-and-neck with Jace Amaro for the No. 2 spot in our NFL Draft TE Prospect rankings. What he lacked in explosive ability after that catch, he made up for with physicality and size. He’s a great fit for what Tampa Bay is trying to do on offense. The Bucs drafted with clear intent, going after monsters like Mike Evans and Seferian-Jenkins in May.
As our good friend and director of the Senior Bowl Phil Savage says, the Bucs in 2014 want to play “above the rim.” It makes sense as their “big-name” rookie selection in Mike Evans was a sick power forward before committing fully to football.
There’s been a lot of mention that with Josh McCown at the helm, Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson could be the new Alshon Jeffery / Brandon Marshall. Well, it would follow that the upside for Seferian-Jenkins is somewhere in Martellus Bennet territory.
Knowing that makes the Bucs rookie a worthy Dynasty commodity. In redraft leagues he may be able to serve as a spot-play tight end as a rookie but he will not be dependable. Safety play is on an uptick in the NFC South as teams build and scheme to stop a monster in Jimmy Graham. However, it can’t be overlooked that Seferian-Jenkins is an immediate red-zone threat and may make the radar as a TE2 at some point this season, even in redraft leagues if the Bucs offense gets hot.