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JetNation Prospect Preview: Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger

After plugging holes through free agency and a trade that netted All-Pro left guard Kelechi Osmele, the Jets will look to round out their 53-man roster in a few weeks when they head to Tennessee for the NFL draft.  One position that the Jets could have in their crosshairs is tight end where the team is set with their starter in Chris Herndon, but little else in terms of proven commodities behind him.

When asked where he saw the most depth in this class when meeting with the media in Indianapolis, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan pointed to tight end as a group that stood out to the organization.  With that in mind, might the Jets try to snag another tight end if a good one falls to the middle rounds?  If so, one candidate should be Texas A&M product Jace Sternberger.

Name: Jace Sternberger

Position: Tight End

School: Texas A&M

Ht/Wt: 6′ 4” 251

2018 Stats:

G Rec Yds Avg TD
13 48 832 17.3 10

Combine Results:

40 Bench Vert Broad  3-cone 20 yd shuttle 60 yd shuttle
4.75 17 31.5” 113” 7.19 4.31 12.09

Positives:

Sternberger has shown excellent hands at times and is a tough runner to bring down after the catch as defenses routinely needed more than one defender to bring him down.  Sternberger also does a nice job of pulling the ball down with a defender oh his hip, or as is the case below, with one pulling on his jersey.  Offers versatility as a player who has been used as a TE, out of the slot and as an H-back.  Could contribute immediately as a red zone target.

Negatives:

Not as strong as you’d like as a blocker when lined up tight to the formation.  Speed will limit number of big plays in the passing game.

Scheme fit:

Given the fact that Sternberger can line up and hold his own in multiple spots, Adam Gase would surely be able to find a way to get Sternberger contributing to some degree on offense with the long-term potential of being an every down tight end.

Current Projection:

Sternberger has reportedly caught the attention of the Packers, Vikings, Lions, Cowboys and Patriots.  Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has him going in round five, whereas Pro Football Focus has him being targeted by the New England Patriots in round 1.  USA Today draftwire lands somewhere in the middle with Sternberger going 69th to the Jacksonville Jaguars, one pick after the Jets at 68.

 

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.


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