Zach Sudfeld

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    Re: Zach Sudfeld


    If those numbers that tfb12 listed are correct...yikes! Not good. At 11 reps he is weaker than most high schoolers and a 4.78 40 is as pedestrian as you can get. Now anyone can argue he may be faster with pads on, but you can't say he is stronger with pads on.

     
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    Re: Zach Sudfeld

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    If those numbers that tfb12 listed are correct...yikes! Not good. At 11 reps he is weaker than most high schoolers and a 4.78 40 is as pedestrian as you can get. Now anyone can argue he may be faster with pads on, but you can't say he is stronger with pads on.

     




    Well to be fair, longer arms do make it harder to bench press. But there is no doubt he needs to get stronger.

     




    Yup, you are 100% correct. And truly if he moves well, or is exposive, it won't matter about his 40. I watched his video a couple of weeks ago and the first thing I noticed was how small this guy appeared to me - his shoulders look narrow and his legs look skinny. He doesn't look like an NFL tight end to me. I hope I'm wrong.

     

     
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    Re: Zach Sudfeld

    Word is that he caught Tommy's eye in OTA, with Gronk out, Hern hobbled and Brady's regulars all gone, Sudfeld got a chance to shine.

     
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    Re: Zach Sudfeld


    I'm not ready to call him a roster lock, but I do agree that Sudfeld has a lot of promise (health-pending, like anyone else).  I think Brandon Ford has a chance to stick too.  His workout numbers won't wow anyone, but he had a lot of production at Clemson once he got a chance to start, and based on his film he has a knack for getting open and catching the ball.  Both guys will be fun to watch come preseason...

     
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    Re: Zach Sudfeld

    I agree sudfeld has promise, but I see him in the same mold as Gronk and Ballard. Big, inline TE that can line up on the line, block, catch and move around a bit. No one is gronk in that Gronk I think is the most complete TE I have ever seen. Even more so than tony gonzalez, witten, etc. 

    gronk can line up on the line, in the slot, out wide, etc. I don't see any TE on our oster that can do that. Assuming it takes Gronk some time to come back, I think the pats will be ok with Ballard and sudfeld, and use hooman as our move TE similar to Hern. Not as agile as Hern. I am an advocate of possibly bringing in Dave Thomas to replace Hern in that role....

    sudfeld needs to add about 10-15 lbs and some strength. If he can do that, remain athletic, run well and stay healthy, he will i think be a good find for us. 

     
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    Re: Zach Sudfeld

    As long as he is already a good blocker those bench press #s dont really matter. He has good quickness according to his shuttle times, and his vert 37 is elite for someone of his size. 

    If he has a good training camp I would keep him over Ballard if it came down to it. Ballard still is not running at full speed(not sure if he ever will at this point) a full year and a half since he blew out his knee. 

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    Re: Zach Sudfeld

    Sudfeld doesn't have a lot of strength but his hand work and leverage is off the charts. That's typically how he compensates for the lack of strength most times. As TFB said, you can add strength but having a fundamental knowing of hand placement and getting the most out of your leverage is a hard thing to train and most players don't always grasp it. So, to me he's got a leg up over some other rooks trying to break into TE groups. He's going to be fun to watch and comes out of college highly polished. His issue and the reason he was a UDFA is his injury history and that he's old (24). Short of that he has day 2 type of talent.


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