MARK ANDREWS | TE | OKLAHOMA
Height: 6051 | Weight: 256 | Arm: 32 1/2" | Hand: 9 1/2" | 40: 4.67 | Bench: 17 | 3Cone: 7.34 | Broad: 113" | Vertical: 31"
Mark Andrews is a fourth-year Junior from Desert Mountain High School in Arizona. Andrews was a four-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN, and Scout and played in the Army All-American Game. Andrews redshirted his Freshman year in 2014 and was named AP All-Big 12 First Team as a redshirt Sophomore. In his three years of varsity football at Desert Mountain HS, Andrews posted a jaw-dropping 3,674 yards and 48 TDs, and his production didn't wane when he stepped foot on campus in Norman. The three-time All-Big 12 honoree has enjoyed a Mackey Award-worthy 2017 season after doubling his production from 2016. Andrews suffered an injury in the first half of the 2016 season, and to his credit, played through the pain, showing outstanding toughness. Despite his role in the offense tapering off after his injury (TE Geno Lewis actually finished with 32 Receptions to Andrews' 31), his grittiness was obviously noticed by coaches and teammates. Statistics would endorse that Andrews is the deep ball target in the entire draft class, having caught 9 catches on 12 targets when going deep.
Andrews is a tall, long, high-cut player with an extremely strong lower body and thick base. Andrews possesses ideal NFL-Tight End measurables and his huge frame has been a saving grace in allowing him to fight through injuries throughout his Sooners career. Andrews is supremely coordinated for a man over 250 lbs and shows the elusiveness to make defenders miss after the catch in the open field, looking like Barry Sanders against UTEP in 2017. Andrews couples his impressive elusiveness with great balance and play strength, rarely getting knocked off the POA in the run game. Andrews shows good flexibility and kinesthetic sense to adjust to passes thrown outside of his catch radius and possesses the sweet feet to stay in bounds on Out routes to the perimeter. Andrews' enormous frame and terrific ability to create after the catch have played a huge role in almost 20% of Andrews' receptions resulting in points.
Andrews is a versatile weapon in the passing game who can line up in-lne as a blocking TE, as a Slot WR, or even on the boundary as an X WR in the Red Zone. Andrews wins off the LOS with quick hands to beat Press and showcases good agility and SAQ to matriculate into his route and build momentum. Andrews is a fluid route runner who is adept at making slight, savvy moves throughout his route stem to create separation and always seems to be on the same page with his QB to find pockets of space and get open during scramble drills. Andrews exhibits outstanding positioning in relation to defensive backs and uses his length to his advantage to box out and force players to have to go through him to attack the ball, soliciting interference penalties. Andrews can execute and sell the double move on quicker CBs and has enough straight-line foot speed to take it the distance at the top of his route. Andrews is an outstanding actor who genuinely sells the block on delayed routes and possesses the mental acumen to identify soft spots in coverage on Option routes. Andrews is a great pass catcher who exhibits strong manual dexterity and agility to turn up the field and pick up yards after the catch. Andrews rarely gets moved upon first contact as a receiver due to his size and routinely fights through contact for extra yards. Andrews is an extremely physical player who is willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win and would rather lower his shoulder for an extra half yard than step out of bounds and avoid contact. Andrews showcases great body control and has good ability to adjust his body and locate the football on back shoulder throws on the sideline. Andrews lacks consistency in winning contested catches in the middle of the field in traffic and must become a more reliable Red Zone target to use his size and athletic ability to high point the ball at the NFL level. Andrews will suffer from the occasional concentration drop when he turns his head up-field prematurely before the catch. Andrews was a featured player in Lincoln Riley's offense and his production doubled in 2017 desite losing last year's Biletnikoff Winner Dede Westbrook. Andrews is an excellent in-line blocker who uses his strong lower body and outstanding footwork to generate a strong anchor and routinely pivot defenders to create creases in the run game. Andrews blocks with a mean streak and isn't afraid to bury a defender into the ground to finish a block and assert his dominance. Andrews does a good job of utilizing his supreme lateral control to pick up blitzers moving across the face of the LOS and doesn't get overmatched by bigger DTs on stunts. Andrews is a special blocker out in space on Screens, specifically when aligned as a Slot WR, and can turn defenders away from the run of play without having to look back at the runner. Andrews relies on his stellar technique to disengage from his blocks and mitigate holding calls.
Although Rob Gronkowski has become the Gold Standard for aspiring collegiate Tight Ends heading into the Pros, Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops was brazen in his comparison of Andrews to the affable Gronk. Stoops, of all people, should know best, having recruited and coached Gronkowski when he was at the helm of Arizona. During his Rose Bowl media availability, Stoops commented that while Gronk may be an inch taller and has a little more length, both players' ability to run routes and get open are what makes them unique. Andrews is an outstanding student off-the-field who was named 1st Team Academic All-Big 12 in 2015. Andrews is a mentally and physically tough player who has pushed through nicks and muscle injuries throughout his career to remain available for his teammates. Andrews suffers from Type 1 Diabetes and reportedly monitors blood sugar levels several times per games. Andrews had to be revived back to life in September 2015 by his roommate and Long Snapper Wesley Horkey when Andrews couldn't wake up from hyperglycemia. Andrews' condition is managed on a daily basis by OU training staff and will likely need constant vigilance at the NFL level. Andrews' coordination, foot speed, and play strength are all traits that will be coveted by any team looking for a balanced TE in a Pro Style Vertical offense. Andrews can be compared to another former Mackey Award winner in Tyler Eifert due to his ability to create mismatches as a receiver. Whichever team opts to pull the trigger on drafting Andrews will need to be comfortable with his Type 1 Diabetes and a team's GM will likely need a green-light from his training and medical staff that his condition won't affect Andrews' NFL career. In a vacuum, Andrews' rare skill set, route running, and blocking technique would stamp him as a round 1 player, but medicals and potential injury concerns may cause him to slip to Round 2.
Overall Grade: 81
Athletic Ability: 5
Play Strength: 5
Play Speed: 6
Competitive Toughness: 7
In-Traffic/Contested Catches: 3
Spectacular Catch: 3
Route Precision: 4
Route Variety: 5
Red Zone Threat: 3
After-Catch Ability: 4
Blocking Technique: 4
Blocking Willingness: 5
Player Comparison: Tyler Eifert
Projected Round: Round 2
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