Prospect: Jack Doyle, TE, Western Kentucky
By Clint Clearwater
NFL Draft Director and Senior Writer
January 1, 2013
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 253 40: 4.86
Strengths: Awesome size. Pretty athletic for a big guy. Has very soft and reliable hands. Able to make tough catches in traffic. Very good receiver; very impressive. I like his awareness; knows the situations when he is a receiver and is aware of blitzes when blocking. Good football I.Q. Has a terrific motor. Does a nice effort of getting to the 2nd level when blocking. Shows good lower body strength when driving opponents; but he needs to do this more consistently. I see a lot potential in him.
Weaknesses: Blocking needs to be better. He shows great effort but his technique is not good. He needs to get lower and consistently drive opponents. He needs to square his hips and not get off balanced. He also needs to establish a better base. I have seen tape on him where he struggled against bigger linemen. He needs to I think he needs to add more strength and bulk too. He’s a big player but he’s got room to be even bigger and stronger. His quickness isn’t elite.
Summary: I noticed Jack Doyle on film this season and he capped off the year with a good bowl game where he made an outstanding TD grab. Doyle is a big bodied TE that is a great receiving threat on the field. He has tremendously reliable hands and runs pretty good routes. I think he has good awareness and he looks like a leader out on the field. He is always giving 100% and was the top receiver for the Hilltoppers this past season. I really do see a lot potential in him. The reason I don’t have a higher grade on him is because his blocking is simply not where it needs to be. He needs improvement in his technique, strength, and hand use. He has a lot of work to do to improve his play but Doyle has some real talent. I think he is an underrated player and I wouldn’t be surprised if he made a difference on an NFL team in his future.
Draft Projection: 5th – 7th round