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2021 NFL Draft profile: Ole Miss tight end Kenny Yeboah

The big guy is going to make someone look smart in the later rounds.

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Kenny Yeboah stepped into the spotlight for Ole Miss in 2020 as a graduate transfer from Temple University and proved he was ready for the ultra-competitive SEC right away.

At Temple, he had 47 receptions for 538 yards. Offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby wasted no time getting him acclimated, and in only seven games as a Rebel, Yeboah had 27 receptions for 524 yards and six touchdowns.

Before the Texas A&M game, which was later canceled, Yeboah announced he would forgo the rest of the season and declare for the NFL Draft.

His most notable game was against the defending national champs, Alabama. Kenny Yeboah tore through the Crimson Tide secondary for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a career-long 68-yard reception on the game's first drive that he scored right after.

After a standout senior season, the tight end was invited to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. He had two receptions for 27 yards and one touchdown.

Due to the NFL Combine being canceled this year, individual pro days were even more important. Unfortunately, Yeboah injured himself during his first 40-yard dash attempt. That was the end of his day, and he was not able to compete in any drills or show any drills after that.

Info

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4 inches, 250-pounds

Position: Tight end

Projected: 6th-7th round

Arms: 34.125 inches

Hands: 9.5 inches

Pro Day Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.75

Vertical Jump: 34 inches

Broad Jump: 9-foot-8

3-Cone Drill: n/a

20-Yard Shuttle: n/a

Bench: 15 reps

Strengths

  • Efficient route runner as a slot receiver, outside receiver, and standard tight format;
  • Able to locate the ball and make over-the-shoulder catches;
  • Blocks at the second-level well;
  • Adjusts significantly to a faster-paced offense;
  • Plays competitive with a lot of effort;
  • High football IQ and recognition.

Weaknesses

  • Lacks elite burst and speed;
  • Not a strong receiver in contention;
  • Lacks overall efficiency when blocking defensive linemen;
  • One-dimensional speed;
  • Has good but not great hands and lacks solid bodies catches;
  • Considered an average skill-setting tight end

EDITOR’S NOTE: Strengths and weaknesses per NFL.com

Overview

Yeboah is a big target with average top-end speed and the body control to make acrobatic catches downfield. He runs hard after the catch. He does an adequate job of settling into pockets against zone looks, but he’s not an explosive route runner, but he can gobble up yards if he don’t corral him in space.

He’s a hands catcher, but he drops some balls he should catch. He’s a competitive positional blocker with a good frame. He needs to get stronger to sustain in the run game and hold up in pass pro.