NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Rob Michels

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Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame, 6’7’’, 270


College Stats:

                Rec         Yds      Yds/Rec       Tds

2012:     5              75          15.6                 1             

2013:     32           498         15.0                 5

Combine Numbers:

225 Bench           Vertical jump     Broad    Shuttle       3-Cone Drill

            27                           32            9’6’’       4.55                    7.5

What the experts are saying...

“He’s a better receiver than people think. He’s not Tyler Eifert. He’s not a 4.5 guy, but he’s probably a 4.75, 4.8 kind of guy. He can catch the ball short and intermediate. He’s got really good hands. He understands how to use his body to position it."

Mike Mayock, NFL Network

"One of the few tight ends in this class who can genuinely be an asset in every aspect of the game. Few prospects come along these days with as well-rounded a skill set as Niklas'."

Ryan McCrystal, Bleacher Report


Why I could see them drafting him…

 The Ravens made a statement at tight end this offseason. They resigned Dennis Pitta and added free agent Owen Daniels.  Even with the moves drafting Troy Niklas still makes sense, especially with Daniels on a one year deal. Niklas has great size and would complement Pitta well in the future as the in-line tight end. His size allows him to constantly win the physical battle in coverage and excel as a blocker.  He isn’t an elite athlete and needs to develop his route running. A year behind Daniels would really help him prepare.  He would be a value pick in the middle of the second round and a great fit in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiaks offense.     

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