The Arizona Cardinals were expected to address a couple of positions in the NFL Draft with the bounty of talent at cornerback and tight end, yet for the Cardinals, they waited and let it go.
Oh sure, they drafted Rudy Ford, but he is going to take a little bit of time to convert from safety to corner, after converting from running back at Auburn.
The tight end position, they didn’t even feign a pick at, they waited and then grabbed... Wait for it, a player that would need to convert from another position.
Ricky Seals-Jones was a five star recruit to Texas A&M at wide receiver, but never took the next step. He ended up going undrafted and now he is in Arizona, where he is being looked at as a potential positional convert to tight end.
The 6-5 243lbs Seals-Jones was one of the least athletic wide receivers to workout... I have ever seen.
However, when you look at his numbers compared to other tight ends, he is not a bad athlete. He is still not a special athlete, but he could be a nice convert at the position.
I reached out to Good Bull Hunting and Rush Roberts was kind enough to answer some questions for me.
1. Is RSJ going to have to move to TE to make an NFL roster?
It would probably help a lot if he did. It would mean a little bit of bulking up, but with his skillset it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think he could grow into a tight end.
2. RSJ never lived up to the hype of his 5 Star recruit status, but what did he do well at A&M?
Blocking. RSJ was excellent out in space, blocking on the edge in both the run game and the passing game. Over the years he also got very good at creating space over the middle and getting tough yards, but one of the unheralded strengths of all the Texas A&M receivers over the past several years, and especially RSJ, has been blocking.
3. Outside of injury, what was the other big issue with RSJ's progression?
Probably just turmoil within the A&M offensive system. He was one of the last remaining players to suit up with Johnny Manziel. He played in one game in 2013 before tearing his ACL and getting a medical redshirt. But consider the turnover since then: three starting QBs transferred to other schools, another one transferred in, numerous different combinations of offensive coordinators and co-coordinators, his position coach leaving to take the Kansas head coaching job, a couple of school record-setting wide receivers in Mike Evans and Josh Reynolds, and a constantly-shifting offensive strategy. In some ways it felt like he only finally found an identity over the course of 2016 as the guy who gets the tough first downs over the middle.
What do you think? Could Seals-Jones be a potential tight end for the Arizona Cardinals down the road?