Although he’s far from the best pass-catching option in the 2023 NFL Draft, Luke Schoonmaker should carry great value thanks to a well-rounded skillset. The former Michigan tight end is an excellent blocker and is a fluid mover when making his typically-crisp routes. Teams can set him up in a variety of formations to maximize his value.
Luke Schoonmaker Draft Profile
A well-rounded tight end, Schoonmaker became a crucial piece of Michigan’s offense in the run game and as a receiver last season. He’s one of the more capable blocking tight ends in this class.
He can play in-line and generate some push at the point of attack against edge defenders, playing with a good pad level and heavy hands. He’s also an agile mover who can get out on reach blocks and seal, creating outside running lanes.
As a receiver, he gets into his routes quickly and uses his size effectively when working the middle of the field. He’s a fluid mover for his size and looked increasingly comfortable catching the ball last season.
Schoonmaker is not an elite athlete, and he likely won’t be more than an underneath target as a pass-catcher at the next level. He runs hard after the catch but doesn’t have the kind of wiggle to create big plays. He turns 25 in September.
He has a chance to get on the field early in his career, as he is a classic Y-tight end who can be an asset in the run game and in pass protection. He might never put up big receiving numbers, but his blocking gives him a sufficiently high floor.
Final Grade: 4th/5th Round
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Publish Date:2023-04-29 09:08:47