BIO: Three-year starter who totaled 25/274 last season after winning All Conference honors as a junior with 37/384/3.
POSITIVES: Natural pass-catching tight end with reliable hands. Quick to top speed, runs well laterally and makes the reception in stride. Has strong hands, snatching the ball from the air. Sharp route-runner who gets separation from defenders then displays shiftiness transitioning upfield after the reception. Good eye/hand coordination and adjustment to the errant throw.
NEGATIVES: Marginal blocker who does not get results at the line of scrimmage or downfield. Has been plagued with durability issues the past two years.
ANALYSIS: A reliable pass-catcher, Byrd nicely fits in as a move tight end at the next level. Must improve his blocking to complete his game yet offers starting potential.