Scouting Report: New TE Traylor Is An Accomplished But Developing Blocker

Name: Austin Traylor       
Position: TE         
College: Wisconsin
Height: 6-3
Weight: 250            
Draft: Undrafted, 2016

Games Studied: 2015 vs. Alabama, Minnesota, Iowa, USC

Report:This is a competitive blocker. He does a nice job of working to stay in position. He plays mainly as an "Inline Y" tight end, but he will also play flexed and "H." As a blocker, Traylor shows physical toughness and desire. He has football intelligence in the way he blocks and executes his routes, and he is deceptive in the way he plays.

Traylor is outstanding in the red zone and in the open field when he delays. He can sell a route. He plays faster than his 4.91 speed, but I would not call him quick. This is a short strider in the way he works up the field. He doesn't have real foot speed, but he gets vertical separation when he runs through the zone.

He shows some lower body flex in the way he blocks -- can position himself to wall his man off. In the game against Iowa – in which he eventually left with a broken arm – Traylor did a nice job of blocking defensive ends. He's more of a catch and steer blocker. He will extend his hands, position his feet and peek to see the ball going by.

In the majority of his snaps, his balance is good and in control. There are times where he lunges and gets thrown off. That said, he can change direction on the move and adjust. He will extend his hands to catch, but he will also allow the ball to get to his body. He has made his share of contested catches. He has a hard time getting away from his man, but he works hard to finish.

To his credit, Traylor will lay out for the ball up the field, but there's not much run after catch. His best plays are those deceptive ones where he can block, then release. He has a feel for how to get open. I'm impressed with his ability to block at the point of attack. The coaching staff had enough confidence in him to consistently run the ball behind him.

Traylor is going to give you everything he has as a blocker. If he does have a problem it is when defenders move on him hard to the inside and he has to make the cut off block. He just lacks that ability right now to shut the door.

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Name: Austin Traylor       
Position: TE         
College: Wisconsin
Height: 6-3
Weight: 250            
Draft: Undrafted, 2016

Games Studied: 2015 vs. Alabama, Minnesota, Iowa, USC

Report:This is a competitive blocker. He does a nice job of working to stay in position. He plays mainly as an "Inline Y" tight end, but he will also play flexed and "H." As a blocker, Traylor shows physical toughness and desire. He has football intelligence in the way he blocks and executes his routes, and he is deceptive in the way he plays.

Traylor is outstanding in the red zone and in the open field when he delays. He can sell a route. He plays faster than his 4.91 speed, but I would not call him quick. This is a short strider in the way he works up the field. He doesn't have real foot speed, but he gets vertical separation when he runs through the zone.

He shows some lower body flex in the way he blocks -- can position himself to wall his man off. In the game against Iowa – in which he eventually left with a broken arm – Traylor did a nice job of blocking defensive ends. He's more of a catch and steer blocker. He will extend his hands, position his feet and peek to see the ball going by.

In the majority of his snaps, his balance is good and in control. There are times where he lunges and gets thrown off. That said, he can change direction on the move and adjust. He will extend his hands to catch, but he will also allow the ball to get to his body. He has made his share of contested catches. He has a hard time getting away from his man, but he works hard to finish.

To his credit, Traylor will lay out for the ball up the field, but there's not much run after catch. His best plays are those deceptive ones where he can block, then release. He has a feel for how to get open. I'm impressed with his ability to block at the point of attack. The coaching staff had enough confidence in him to consistently run the ball behind him.

Traylor is going to give you everything he has as a blocker. If he does have a problem it is when defenders move on him hard to the inside and he has to make the cut off block. He just lacks that ability right now to shut the door.

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