Scouting Report: I am writing this based on the entirety of the 2008 season. Gresham is completely physically imposing at TE. He's big and strong with long arms and huge hands. He's is surprisingly fast for a man his size and is a matchup nightmare. Linebackers are too slow and corners too small. He can play in tight on the tackle, beat the jam at the line of scrimmage and find the spots in the zones. He can split out wide, run past a safety and make the tough catch downfield. In a nutshell Gresham is a complete player. As a weapon in the passing game, his skill set is comparable to guys like Antonio Gates and Dallas Clark. And let's not forget the fact that Gresham is an excellent run blocker, and does not shy away from getting his nose dirty. But the big hangup on Gresham will be that he's missed this entire season with an injured knee and how healthy is he, and how healthy will be be for his career?
Draft Status: If Gresham gets a clean bill of health, and is able to work out by spring, he should be the first TE off the board, and in the mix for the mid-late first round. I just can't see a scenario, a guy with two surgically repaired knees no matter how good he is, being taken much higher. You can't look past the physical attributes and football acumen that Gresham has. There's really nothing at the TE position he cannot do. It seems every good team in the NFL has a top TE at this point.
Final Analysis: Gresham, like Sam Bradford made a horrible mistake returning to school this season. He was a lock to be a top 15 pick last April, but instead he came back, got hurt, and is now shelved, standing next to Bradford on the sidelines. You have to look at the risk/reward with Gresham. You draft him you get the most talented TE prospect to come out of college in around 6 years. On the flipside, you get a player who will have not played football for a year, and has two surgically repaired knees. It's a risk I take, but I can see why some teams would shy away. But getting an elite TE is such a weapon for a team, in this draft that is long on good players but short on great ones, Gresham is a calculated risk you have to take.
Reminds me of: Antonio Gates, TE San Diego-This is in terms of a pass catcher. They are very similar physically and create the same mismatches and exploit them. In terms of a run blocker, Gresham is probably a little better but it's very close. A healthy Gresham can absolutely be the player Gates is in the NFL.
Red Flags: Injuries
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy