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NFL Draft Profile: The H-Backs

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The following players have the skill-sets and measurables to play H-back at the NFL level, and also played H-back while in college:

Oct 20, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers tight end Mychal Rivera (81) runs the ball against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Robert Lester (37) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Alabama won by a score of 44 to 13. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Mychal Rivera, TE,Tennessee

HEIGHT: 6’4″

WEIGHT: 242 lbs

HANDS: 10 1/4″

ARM LENGTH: 32 5/8″

40-TIME: 4.78


Rivera spent a good amount of his senior season blocking in order to help free up  receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter, both of whom are projected to go in the first-second round on this year’s draft, but he still accounted for 562 yards on 36 catches during his senior season. He possesses good hands and flexibility to bring in passes on the run and continue downfield after contact. He absorbs contact well, and isn’t afraid to put a hat on a hat in the run game.

While Rivera isn’t the most physical blocker, he does enough to get in the way and position-block his opponent. He’ll definitely be used more as a receiver at the NFL level than he was in college. He’ll need 1-2 years to develop enough strength to be an adequate blocking TE/H-back, but the future looks bright for the former Volunteer.