100 in 100: Aaron Hernandez (53 of 100)

Hernandez is a Tight End who played for the Florida Gators this past season and was one of Quarterback Tim Tebow's favorite targets. Henandez was one of the Juniors that decided to leave school early for the NFL Draft. While at Florida, Hernandez racked up several yards in receiving as well as touchdowns. He started as a freshman in '07, and then 11 out of 13 in his sophomore year in '08, and finished in '09 earning the highest award for a tight end with the John Mackey Award. While he isn't your prototypical tight end, he provides the quarterback with an very solid receiving target. When he gets to the NFL, he will more than likely be used similar to that of a Dallas Clark for the Colts or Dustin Keller for the Jets. The strongest aspect of his game certainly was not his blocking.

Below, we'll look at his highlights and accomplishments. At the bottom of the page I will provide a projection of where we might see Hernandez drafted in April.

 

Hernandez has exceptional hands and this video certainly highlights that. To add to his exceptional hands, he has great awareness and concentration. He is fast for a bigger guy and runs his routes relatively accurate. He is definitely a player that can make an immediate impact at the next level.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

  • 2009 John Mackey Award

CAREER STATS:

Stats Overview Receiving Rushing Fumbles
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 9 151 16.8 55 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2008 34 381 11.2 38 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2009 68 850 12.5 64 5 1 16 16.0 16 0 0 0
2009 Regular Season Game Log Receiving Rushing Fumbles
DATE OPP RESULT   REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
9/5 Charleston Southern W 62-3 4 79 19.8 28 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/12 Troy W 56-6 4 39 9.8 18 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/19 Tennessee W 23-13 4 26 6.5 18 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
9/26 @Kentucky W 41-7 3 54 18.0 44 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/10 @LSU W 13-3 6 70 11.7 26 0 1 16 16.0 16 0 0 0
10/17 Arkansas W 23-20 7 92 13.1 22 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/24 @Mississippi State W 29-19 5 32 6.4 15 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
10/31 Georgia W 41-17 3 29 9.7 17 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/7 Vanderbilt W 27-3 7 120 17.1 64 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/14 @South Carolina W 24-14 3 30 10.0 12 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
11/21 FIU W 62-3 Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.
11/28 Florida State W 37-10 5 83 16.6 37 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
12/5 @Alabama L 32-13 8 85 10.6 38 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2009 Postseason Game Log Receiving Rushing Fumbles
BOWL OPP RESULT   REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL Cincinnati W 51-24 9 111 12.3 23 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

 

SUMMARY AND PROJECTION:

I think that Hernandez's best fit is going to be with a team who likes to pass the ball and spread the field. Whether or not he ends up with a team that likes to do that is another story. He could be worked with on some of his blocking to make him more of a versatile player but I think the team that drafts him, will plug him in instantly as a pass catching tight end. There is small chance that he could be drafted in the 1st. With that said, here is where I believe he will be selected.

Possibilities -- 1st Round: Picks 20-32, 2nd Round: 33-64. Possible 1st Round Teams: Ravens, Bengals, Saints.

 

For more on 100 in 100 click here:

http://www.ninersnation.com/section/100-in-100-2010

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