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NFL Draft Report

By Joe Buscaglia

TE Nick Provo, Syracuse

Nick Provo, #80


6'2", 251 lbs., 23 years old

West Palm Beach, FL

2011: 51 receptions, 537 yards, 7 TD

2010: 33 receptions, 365 yards, TD

2009: 4 receptions, 55 yards

2008: 4 receptions, 70 yards, TD



- A strong in-line blocker in the run game. Finds his man and keeps him away from the ball carrier. Does a nice job of staying balanced. Won't finish his blocks in to the ground though.

- Provides a nice safety net for the quarterback. A good dump-off option.

- Comes from a pro-style offense at Syracuse.



- Very limited athletically. Lack of both speed and burst for the tight end position.

- Might be limited to only the dump-off routes. Struggles to attain separation on longer routes.

- May be a bit of a 'tweener. A bit on the small side for a functional tight end, but too slow to be an H-back type as well.


Special Notes:

- Turns 24 in October.


Projection: 5th to 6th round

- Provo's skills in the blocking aspect are his most solid and consistent trait. While he may never be the type to be a TE1 on a roster, he could serve as a key depth guy to come in on short-yardage situations and on the goal line.

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