2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: South Alabama TE Gerald Everett

From now until the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to showcase as many prospects as possible and examine both their strengths and weaknesses. Most of these profiles will feature individuals that the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to have an interest in, while a few others will be top-ranked players. If there is a player you would like us to analyze, let us know in the comments below.

Gerald Everett/TE South Alabama – 6’3 239

The Good

– Good length for frame (33 inch arms)
– Quality athlete, fluid player who is a threat down the seam (4.62 40)
– Size makes it tough for him to be brought down, YAC ability, and first defender on tackler rarely makes a clean, quick tackle
– Flashes ability to make difficult catches, show hand/eye coordination
– Shows explosion out of his route and doesn’t drift, especially on short-breaking ones (quick outs)

The Bad

– Tweener-build who doesn’t fit mold of a traditional tight end
– Very small hands (8 1/2 inches)
– Hands are inconsistent and can’t always finish on higher difficulty throws outside of his frame
– Lacks physicality as a blocker in run and pass game, struggles at the POA to stay square and doesn’t use leverage the way he should
– Needs to show more nuance as a route runner and set up his routes better to separate consistently at the next level
– Lacks experience in a three point stance, in-line work usually came off ball in a two-point

Bio

– Career: 107 receptions, 1584 yards 13 TDs
– 2016: 49 receptions, 717 yards, 4 TDs
– Had originally committed to Bethune-Cookman, wound up going to a JUCO for a year out of high school
– Committed to UAB for 2014 season, transferred to South Alabama when program folded
– Didn’t play football until senior year of high school, was on basketball and track team prior

Tape Breakdown

Everett is a guy we definitely wanted to profile and are making sure we grab here right before the draft begins. He’s part of the new wave of tight ends, tweener-ish and not really the in-line type. Everett is an impressive athlete who can win in space and is a threat after the catch.

It’s tough for defenders to bring him down in the open field because hey, 240 pounds is really difficult to take down. Everett is able to bounce off players in the open field and is a definite YAC threat.

The common knock on him are small hands which will lead to question about his ability to catch the football cleanly. There is some truth to that, especially the more I watched, but he can make tough catches outside his frame. Here’s my favorite play of his, against a well-known opponent too, NC State. Skinny post, immediate reaction, and hauls in the touchdown.

But Everett needs to get stronger, both as a blocker and receiver. Has to show my physicality to win jump balls downfield and lacks strength as a blocker at the point of attack. I’m guessing the latter is fairly obvious looking at his build. And he has very little experience out of a three point stance and even less success.

Gets turned here and falls off his block when all he had to do was hold his inside leverage on this inside zone run. Still can’t do it.

I like Everett but you gotta know how to use him, know how he wins. He’s not going to be an in-line blocker. He’s going to win on the perimeter, as a receiver, and again, I think all that is obvious. Also going to be good for him to settle down with one team after being a football nomad in his career (4 schools since high school).

In today’s NFL, there’s a growing role for that type of guy and the Steelers have seemed to embrace it with Ladarius Green. It doesn’t seem like they’re keen on taking a tight end high – or, with just eight picks, at all – but if they surprise, I certainly wouldn’t mind the pick.

Projection: Late Day Two

Games Watched: at NC State (2015), at Nebraska (2015), vs Georgia Southern, Senior Bowl

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Charles HarrisAlvin KamaraTyus BowserDavid NjokuDeMarcus Walker
Chidobe AwuzieDeShone KizerMarlon MackCameron SuttonZach Cunningham
Corey DavisCarl LawsonPatrick MahomesKareem HuntEvan Engram
Derek RiversRyan AndersonJoshua DobbsJordan LeggettSamaje Perine
Corn ElderBucky HodgesJames ConnerCooper KuppStanley Williams
Fred RossJamaal WilliamsGeorge KittleEjuan PriceChris Wormley
Jeremy McNicholsJoe MathisDerek BarnettAmba Etta-TawoGareon Conley
Taco Charlton Elijah McGuireRyan SwitzerTanoh KpassagnonTre’Davious White
Brian HillMatthew DayesDonnel PumphreyJosh ReynoldsNazair Jones
De’Veon SmithDavis WebbObi MelifonwuTJ WattJohn Ross
Jerod EvansVince BiegelJosh CarrawayJosh MaloneKevin King
Fadol BrownChris GodwinNate GerryJordan WillisStacy Coley
Zay JonesJimmie GilbertGlen AntoineTarell BashamDuke Riley
Rayshawn JenkinsChad KellyTrey HendricksonJeremy SprinkleJoe Williams
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Xavier WoodsElijah HoodMalik McDowellDesmond KingSolomon Thomas
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Marcus MayeJoe MixonTaywan TaylorTyson FernandezJarrad Davis
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About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Steelers12

    No need to draft a TE until late rounds if at all

  • Michael Conrad

    I like tall TE’s. Sprinkle will be there in the sixth round

  • Shane Mitchell

    I wouldnt take Sprinkle on the team if he played for free, he is a selfish thief, not Steeler material, I hope he goes undrafted.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Threat down the seam and a threat running after the catch, music to my ears.

  • Brian Tollini

    It will be a shame to not get a TE from this class, but with many areas of need, and unless they can gather more picks, I can see them being OK w/ Ladarius and James.

  • Matt Manzo

    The Ladarius Green drama is going to give me cancer! Hopefully it’s all over by the end of the draft!
    Is it safe to say that if we draft a TE in the top 3 rounds, he’s replacing Green? And if we draft one later he’s replacing Grimble?

  • T3xassteelers

    Just curious, what has Sprinkle done?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I’d take Kittle over all of these TEs projected to go higher.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Their bowl game was sponsored by Belk’s department stores, they invited all the players to one of their stores for a shopping spree and gave every player a $450 dollar gift card to spend during the spree, Sprinkle decided to stuff a bunch of extra stuff into his bag after he had already checked out, and got caught and was suspended from the bowl game. Stealing from people that are giving you a gift during the event thats ridiculously selfish. I would never trust this guy.

  • T3xassteelers

    Ahhhh… Wow, that is bad. Stealing is a no no

  • Rotten Sircus

    I like Adam Shaheen or Eric Saubert from DRAKE in the 5th or 6th round ! My sleeper picks !!!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    mehhhhh

  • SoCal Steeler

    I’ve been on that Saubert bandwagon for awhile now too. I even asked Alex if they could do an evaluation on him but I imagine that film is hard to find. I did see that he ran a 4.68 at his pro day, not bad at all. I have no idea if the Steelers have shown any interest at all but I think he could be a steal in the 5th round as a move TE.
    I love Shaheen even more and think he’d be a perfect Steelers TE but I don’t want to have to spend a 2nd Rd. pick on one with the bigger needs that we have.