clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Is Kahale Warring Worth The Gamble At The TE Position For The Redskins?

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2019 NFL Draft prospects who could contribute to the Redskins

NCAA Football: Boise State at San Diego State Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Kahale Warring, TE
School: San Diego State | Conference: Mountain West
College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 252 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Jimmy Graham

College Statistics

Player Overview

First things first. Kahale Warring represents my personal gains goals. Even in football there aren’t too many guys cut in the mold of Clark Kent himself. Warring’s high school athletics largely centered around water polo. He got a late start to football, only playing the game for one season before receiving walk-on opportunities at San Diego State and Sacramento State. In addition to learning about the basics about football (he once thought there were 13 players on each side), and learning his position, he dedicated himself in the weight room and gained more than 40 lbs since his first season at SDSU. Warring represents an interesting glass half empty glass half full situation. Thanks to our own James Dorsett and other reporting and analysis out there we know that the odds are stacked against older players entering the NFL, especially those who are relatively ‘raw’ at their positions like Warring is. On the other hand when you watch Warring at his best you can see some real potential especially for someone who only has about 4 years of playing experience in his entire career. He looks the part but there is no doubt he will be a gamble for the team who takes him.

Strengths

  • Excellent size, speed, and athleticism for the position.
  • Really good short area quickness and explosion. You can see that when he’s lined up as a Y or lined up in the slot through his release when the ball is snapped. That shows up again in his route running when he has to make cuts and create separation.
  • Shows good receiving ability the majority of the time and can make adjustments and alter his catch point to haul it in. Uses his body to box out and create separation as well. Good speed as well. He offers the ability to challenge vertically.
  • Pleasantly surprising as a blocker. Definitely needs some work but shows competence and promise in that area with good strength and balance.

Weaknesses

  • Hands look natural enough but he also suffers some concentration drops.
  • Relatively inexperienced at the position with pedestrian production.
  • Technique needs a lot of work as a blocker particularly with his hand placement and striking ability.

Let’s see his work:

More Kahale Warring videos

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Warring is certainly an exciting prospect from a potential perspective. There are several prospects at the position this year that are more pro ready than he is but could he surpass all of them in the right situation? If everything clicks for him in the right offense I do think he can have a Jimmy Graham type impact on an offense. The Redskins need tight ends, they may be looking to the future in considering Jordan Reed’s contract injury history. They also need a secondary pass catching threat at the position considering Vernon Davis’ age and where he is in his career. They also need blocking talent as they don’t have much of it outside of Davis and Sprinkle at the position. Warring isn’t ready to start firing on all cylinders but when he is he could be a dynamic TE. His development could hinge a lot on the quality of the position coach, I can’t speak to what the Redskins have there considering the changes in staff. I do know that Warring could be a nice security blanket out of the gate for Case Keenum or whoever the Redskins QB may be. He can challenge linebackers and safeties at all three levels of the field. He also has some nice pro ready versatility as a TE who can play inline or from the slot. The biggest challenge for Warring that will determine his early playing time is how much he can improve his blocking and how he fares on special teams. Warring won’t last long on day 2 because of his physical skills but his ultimate draft position may be determined by how confident teams are in their ability to bring out his potential at the next level.