2009 NFL Draft Prospect
6’ 6” 261 lbs.
Strengths: Size, Blocking Ability, Athleticism
Weaknesses: Inuury, Weight, Experience
Scouting Report by Bryan Dietzler
Update: Gresham injured his knee in practice and had arthroscopic surgery on 8 September 2009. He will miss the 2009 college football season. "We feel badly for Jermaine," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. "He worked very hard and very selflessly to get himself ready for the season. We share in the disappointment he is experiencing now and will do everything we can to help him in his rehab efforts. The good news is that he is expected to heal fully. Many athletes have had this procedure and bounced back at 100 percent. We expect that to be the case for Jermaine."
It is unclear at this point if Gresham will enter the 2010 NFL Draft, however if he does we might see the arrival of one of the best tight end prospects to come out in a number of years. Gresham brings a lot to the table has the speed to line up as a receiver and the size and strength to stay in and run block. Gresham has a lot of talent and knows what it takes to win and play the position.
The biggest upside to Gresham is his size and body style. Gresham, at 6’6” is huge making him difficult to cover by either a linebacker, cornerback or a safety. Physically, he has long arms allowing him to reach up and snag passes that are too high as well as outreach the defender for the ball. Gresham’s pass catching ability is also very good, mechanically. He puts himself in position to make the catch and doesn’t catch it with his body instead, catching the ball with his hands.
Gresham is also a fine athlete and this allows him to be able to catch passes, adjust to catch passes and run with the ball after the catch. In this era of athletic pass catching tight ends in the NFL, Gresham should be able to compete very well and become an important part of any offense on any team that selects him in the draft. Gresham could become a reliable red zone target for the team that selects him and this would make him a big asset.
While Gresham isn’t an outstanding blocker he does try hard and with that effort, he should be able to improve as a blocker in the NFL and contribute there right away. Some tight ends are a little hesitant to block but Gresham isn’t and that is a positive thing for any team that picks him up.
Gresham does have his faults as each player does and one of them is that he needs to add some weight without sacrificing the speed in order to make him capable of standing up to the NFL pounding that he is sure to take in the NFL. Not being tough enough or able to withstand the type of punishment he will get would make him a risk for injury and teams don’t want to deal with that. Adding some additional weight would also help him when he is blocking.
Gresham’s numbers while at the Oklahoma are as follows:
2006: Gresham played in 13 games in 2006 starting two. He had eight catches for 161 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 20.1 yards per catch and his longest was 41 yards.
2007: He played in 14 games starting each game in 2007. He caught 37 passes for 518 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 14 yards per catch and had a long of 43 yards. Gresham averaged 37 yards per game.
2008: To date, Gresham has played in 13 games starting all 13. He has caught 58 passes for 888 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has averaged 15.3 yards per catch and a long of 73 yards. He has averaged 68.3 yards per game.
Some of the honors that Gresham has received while at OU include Honorable Mention All American by Sports Illustrated and Honorable Mention All Big 12 by coaches and Associated Press.
Gresham hails from Ardmore High School in Ardmore, Oklahoma. While there he was named First Team All-American (by Media), All State First Team, First Team Oklahoma Coaches Association, District MVP, All Coaches Game player, #4 tight end in the nation by Scout.com, #113 in the ESPN 150, #7 TE by ESPN.com, #1 TE by PrepStar, #2 TE by Collegefootballnews.com, #48 player in the nation by Collegefootballnews.com, part of the Rivals250 by Rivals.com, #34 player in the nation by Rivals.com, #1 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com, #2 player in Oklahoma by Rivals.com, PrepStar Dream Team Top 100, #30 player in the Midlands by SuperPrep, #14 TE in the nation by SuperPrep and a SuperPrep All-American.