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NFL Draft 2019: TE Kahale Warring to workout for the Redskins today

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

We have a tight end visit to report! It’s been QB, QB, QB this week, but JP Finlay reports that San Diego State University TE Kahale Warring will be working out for the Redskins today. Warring, 6’5” 252 lbs, started playing football in 2014 as a senior in high school. He played multiple sports, including water polo before trying football. He then walked on at SDSU, and made the team. His two best season came in 2017(18 receptions, 248 yards, 3TDs) and 2018(31 receptions, 372 yards, 3TDs).

The Redskins have the highest amount of cap dollars invested in the TE position this year. Jordan Reed has never started more than 8 games in a season, or appeared in 14. Vernon Davis is entering his 4th year with the Redskins, and had his worst year with the team last season. Jeremy Sprinkle has been just a guy, and is going into his 3rd year. Reed is the team’s best receiver when he’s on the field, and he’s not likely to go anywhere. Davis saves the team almost $5 million if he’s cut, and could be on the chopping block if someone like Warring is picked in 3 weeks.

“I only played one year of football, so the game was really new when I came to San Diego State,” said Warring, who also received interest from some Division II basketball programs. “I think it was fall camp — my first camp — and the special teams coordinator called me up and asked me, ‘How many players are on the field at once?’ I said 13, because I never really thought about it. I won’t answer that wrong again.”

In addition to being a football neophyte, Warring also hardly touched a dumbbell before college. He’s packed on more than 40 pounds since his freshman year.

“When I came in at San Diego State, I just listened to our strength coach,” Warring said. “Anything he said. Put ranch and ketchup on everything. Just gain as much weight as I could. And I put it on pretty easy.”

NFL.com Draft Profile:

Strengths

  • Chiseled, athletic frame with very good size
  • Has blocking toughness and just needs to improve technique
  • Snaps hands and hips into engagement
  • Good radar in space as move-blocker
  • Races off snap and into seam with plus acceleration
  • Early speed to lose linebackers
  • Nifty, quick feet for sharp directional change in routes
  • Talented to work all three levels as receiver
  • Former basketball player and it shows
  • Able to post up defenders and win body positioning
  • Sudden leaper with springs to win at the high-point
  • Makes mid-air ball adjustments
  • Ability to run past or drag tacklers after catch

Weaknesses

  • Needs to improve his landmarks as run-blocker
  • Slow-starter getting into lateral blocks and loses positioning
  • Inconsistent hands as base-blocker
  • Needs to improve timing on work-up blocks
  • Still relatively inexperienced with modest career production
  • Not as clever in setting up route breaks as he could be
  • Will need to work quicker and be more sudden with red zone work
  • Dropped too many easy catches in 2018