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Washington Redskins 2016 Draft Profiles: Henry Krieger-Coble, TE

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2016 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins.

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Henry Krieger-Coble, TE
School: Iowa | Conference: BIG-10
College Experience: Senior | Age: 23
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 248 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 5th-6th Round
NFL Comparison: Brent Celek

College Statistics

Player Overview

Krieger-Coble played basketball, baseball, and football in high school. He arrived at Iowa in 2011 and was redshirted his 1st year. He mainly saw action as a special teams player in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, he started 3 games and recorded a couple TD catches. 2015 was his first year as the lead dog at the TE position. Iowa's passing attack struggled with the transfer of QB Jake Rudock to Michigan but Krieger-Coble placed 3rd on the team for receptions and receiving yards. He proved to be a reliable option in the passing game catching short to intermediate passes. He also attempts to block with purpose (its works sometimes, other times it doesn't). He is one of the more well-rounded TE prospects in this draft. Mike Mayock recently listed him as one of his top-5 TEs. Krieger has upside, can he up production in the NFL if given a shot?

Strengths

  • Reliable pass catcher has soft hands and secures the catch and tries to get upfield.
  • Good athleticism. He's no Jordan Reed but he has good initial burst and gets to his top speed pretty quick.
  • Can line up in the slot or play inline. Isn't the most refined blocker but can definitely make space for the RB and keep the QB clean. Makes good contact run blocking.
  • Has a bit of grit and toughness to him, seems to enjoy it when he can put a defender on the ground.
  • Good size, has a solid build.

Weaknesses

  • One year of production that would be considered average even in the FBS.
  • Right now he's just decent. Doesn't have any elite traits like speed, power blocking, ability to make crazy catches.
  • Not likely he's going to pull the rabbit out of the hat if blanketed in coverage. Ability to get open and create space is limited.


Let's see his work:


How He Would Fit on the Redskins

The Redskins have a bit of a quagmire going on at the TE position. Logan Paulson, Alex Smith, Marcel Jensen are highly unlikely to be resigned. Jordan Reed is clearly a top TE but his talents lie strictly in the receiving department. Niles Paul should be returning from injury and has 2 years left on his contract and is a good value. What would Paul's role be? Utility knife, more of a blocker or another receiver? Then there is Derek Carrier who the Redskins traded for last season giving up a 5th round pick. Derek Carrier is another athletic TE who is  better suited as a receiving option than as a blocker. Carrier also tore his ACL mid-season.

Is there room on the active roster for a 4th TE? I think the Redskins are set with their stable of TEs but if one were drafted it should be a well-rounded prospect like Krieger-Coble. If he were drafted could a fan favorite like Niles Paul be the odd man out? It's hard to say what the TE position outside of Jordan Reed could have been like if not for the injuries but if the Redskins want to reform the position to be better suited for blocking outside of their star TE it would start with a player like Henry Krieger-Coble.