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MATT HUEBNER
Position: TE
Class: Sr
School: St. Cloud St.
Conference: North Central
Ht., Wt.: 6'4, 258
40 Time: 4.64
Grade: 3.43

BIO: Broke out as a senior, catching 46 passes for 641 yards and six TDs after 19-285-0 in nine games as a junior. Recently weighed in at 274 pounds, running a 4.65 during workouts.

POSITIVES: Athletic, pass-catching tight end with a good amount of upside. Fluid releasing off the line, displays a good sense of timing and reads the defense to find the open spot in the field. Boxes out opponents while shielding them from the play, makes the tough catch over the middle and works running after the reception. Shows a burst of speed.

NEGATIVES: Not quick into his blocks, gets tall at the point and must improve his blocking strength. Ducks his head and takes himself out of the play.

ANALYSIS: Stepped up as a senior and became a viable pass-catching threat. Possesses the frame to add strength, which would enhance his blocking skills and could turn into a complete tight end if he continues to progress. Solid developmental player.

PROJECTION: Early Seventh Round

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