Position: Tight end.
School: Western Kentucky.
Combine measurables: 6-foot-6, 249 pounds.
Combine stats: Did not participate.
Career stats: 31 games, 68 catches, 1,054 yards, 14 touchdowns.
Draft projection: Fourth round.
Lowdown: Higbee put up some of the best numbers in the country for a tight end (38 catches, 563 yards, eight touchdowns) despite missing five-plus games because of a knee injury that also kept him out of drills at the combine. A converted receiver, Higbee has added 60 pounds of weight for his new position. He has big hands (10¼ inches) and dropped just one pass last year, being named to the All-Conference USA first team. … He has good speed and creates matchup problems with safeties because of his size. … Still developing as a blocker and needs to add strength. … Did not play the highest level of competition and is still relatively new to the position.
They said it: “He’s a once-in-a-generation tight end. I truly believe that – not because he played at Western, not because he’s my boy. He’s somebody that’s very special. He’s a matchup problem. He controls the middle of the field. You don’t have a guy like that, that can run as a fast as he can, as big as he can, and be able to block and make guys miss.” – Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty.
– Jay Skurski
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