Matt Waldman’s RSP Film Room showcases the fluidity and physicality of Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger, a 2019 NFL Draft prospect with viable growth potential.
Presuming T.J. Hockenson declares (no guarantees as of writing this post), he and Irv Smith are the two most refined tight end prospects that I’ve watched in this 2019 NFL Draft class. There are at least two tight ends with the football skills, mentality for the game, and physical upside to out-perform both.
One of them is Jace Sternberger. The first-year starter surprised burst onto the scene this year and displayed the fluidity, physicality, and athletic potential of a Pro-Bowl tight end.
At 6’5″, 250 pounds, Sternberger’s body shape resembles a muscular wide receiver. He has room to add muscle to his core (from his chest to his thighs) and still possess the notable stop-start quickness and acceleration that’s on display as a blocker, runner, and receiver.
Despite the surprising emergence from anonymity, Sternberger is not a raw block of clay. He runs short and intermediate routes as well as any tight end in this class, handles physical play at the catch point like a budding pro, and he’s the only tight end I’ve seen thus far that breaks multiple tackles during a given play on a consistent basis.
This week’s RSP Film Room covers two games from Sternberger’s portfolio of work. You’ll see the themes of fluidity, physicality, and growth potential show up in all major aspects of his game.
If Sternberger has a strong showing at the NFL Combine, don’t be surprised if he’s considered one of the best that this much-hyped class has to offer.
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