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Draft Profile: Penn State Nittany Lions TE Brenton Strange

NFL Scouting Report for Penn State Nittany Lions TE Brenton Strange

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 19 Penn State at Rutgers Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Number: 86

Position: TE

Background: Strange has played 37 games with the Nittany Lions, with 30 career starts. As a sophomore, Strange was an honorable mention All-Big Ten tight end. In 2022, Big Ten coaches named Strange a third-team All-Big Ten tight end and an honorable mention by the media. Strange also has a basketball background; in high school he received notoriety from the West Virginia Sports Writers Association as a third-team all-state. Strange will be most effective on the next level as an H-back and provides versatility for an NFL offense due to his frame and good overall athleticism.

Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2019 Penn State Big Ten FR TE 1 1 4 4.0 1 0 0 0 1 4 4.0 1
2020 Penn State Big Ten FR TE 7 17 164 9.6 2 0 0 0 17 164 9.6 2
*2021 Penn State Big Ten SO TE 11 20 225 11.3 3 0 0 0 20 225 11.3 3
*2022 Penn State Big Ten SR TE 13 32 362 11.3 5 1 0 0.0 0 33 362 11.0 5
Career Penn State 70 755 10.8 11 1 0 0.0 0 71 755 10.6 11
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 4/26/2023.


Strange's release package revolves around his foot quickness on single moves, with good acceleration getting into his stem.

As a route runner, Strange has a solid route tempo and feel for zone voids to create separation. He is most effective on the first and second levels of the defense on crossers, hitches, overs, and in the flats. Strange's burst and acceleration will allow him to open up 2nd level voids on Seam routes (vertical stem). Strange is okay when the play breaks down and will be active if he is in the quarterback's vision, but he could continue to improve his processing during the scramble drill.

As a pass catcher, Strange has good hands and can adjust around his frame. He can catch on the move, stationary, and shows solid concentration and competitive toughness over the middle of the field. Strange is also a reliable target in contested situations. He has shown the willingness to high-point the football when covered. He has good grip strength and ball security, and with his basketball background, he displays good football instincts shielding defenders from the ball with his frame.

Strange is more of an explosive athlete than he is fast, as shown through his ability after the catch. He has good burst and acceleration to eat up additional yards. He has solid YAC with elusiveness, but his best asset is his power. Strange's lower body play strength makes him a difficult runner to bring down, and he shows good contact balance to withstand big blows from defenders.

Another one of Strange's best traits is his willingness and competitive toughness in the run game. He displays the necessary tempo, functional strength, grip strength, pad level, and leg drive to sustain 1-on-1 blocks. Additionally, he will be an effective run blocker on kick outs/whams and beyond the first level of the defense.


As a route runner, Strange will need to dig more into his play strength; he's not a physical route runner and struggles to separate from tight coverage through physicality. He also has below-average foot speed to create separation on full-speed routes, limiting his effectiveness beyond the third level. Other areas to develop as a route runner include how he sets his routes up through his stem. Without the foot speed, he must find ways to manipulate the defender's hips to win at the breakpoint. Strange has poor arm length, which will limit his catch radius on the next level.

In the run game, Strange is a strong, but undersized tight end. He must improve his blocking angles and technique in the zone run game. At times he gave up penetration in the backfield due to his positioning at the point of attack. In addition, he has small hands, which might create issues with his grip strength and ability to sustain blocks on the next level.