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NFL Draft Report

By Joe Buscaglia

TE Brian Linthicum, Michigan State

Brian Linthicum, #88

Michigan State

6'3", 249 lbs., 24 years old

St. Louis, MO

2011: 31 receptions, 364 yards

2010: 18 receptions, 230 yards, TD

2009: 20 receptions, 266 yards, 2 TD


2007: 11 receptions, 76 yards, 3 TD



- Dependable target for Kirk Cousins over the course of the last three seasons.

- Has strong hands that can snatch the ball out of the air even when he leaves his feet.

- An above average route runner for a tight end. Sells his fakes and finds some space because of it.

- Used at his best when finding the soft spot in a zone look. Does well over the middle of the field.



- A slow starter. Lacks a burst to get out of his initial stance at the line of scrimmage. Needs to wind up to get some speed.

- Shows flashes in run blocking but all in all an unpolished blocker at this point.

- Off-field concerns. Got in to a bar fight in Colorado in 2011 and was charged with third-degree misdemeanor assault and eluding police. Reduced after plea deal to misdemeanor harassment. Reportedly had to be stun-gunned by police during incident.

- Had off-season knee surgery before 2010 season.


Special Notes:

- Turns 25 in November

- Transferred from Clemson after freshman season. Redshirted in 2008.


Projection: 6th to 7th round

- There's a place for Linthicum in the NFL, albeit a likely backup role. He needs to refine his blocking in the run game, but his talents that show as a receiver can't be ignored for a backup role.

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