Sep 27, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks receiver A.J. Derby (11) scores a third quarter touchdown against the Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
1. A.J. Derby, TE, Arkansas
Big, quick and physical, Derby looks to have a bright future in the NFL. However, he was sidelined at the NFL Combine after suffering a stress fracture in his foot, a serious injury that is known to linger. That may have punched his ticket to the undrafted free agent market.
Much like New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill, Derby displays excellent athleticism, great hands, separation in coverage and good open field ability for yards after the catch, but his blocking both both during the run and in pass protection could stand to see some improvement.
With the injury and only one year (a great year) of experience at tight end (former QB), his draft value is limited, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s an excellent athlete with a high ceiling at the next level. If Derby can overcome the setbacks, he may wind up a hidden treasure. After parting ways with Jimmy Graham, tight end depth is definitely a priority for the New Orleans Saints.
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