Fresno State Bulldogs tight end Marcel Jensen did not get selected in the NFL Draft, but he was one of the many Mountain West players to earn an undrafted contract as he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Blocking is a bit of a lost art for college tight ends, but Marcel Jensen is cut from a different mold. The 270-pounder did his fair share of blocking for Fresno State throughout his career. He is strong enough to drive defenders off the ball and is smart about how he blocks as well. Of course, given his size, Jensen is never the fastest player on the field and has some trouble getting separation due to a lack of explosiveness when changing direction. That being said, Jensen rarely drops the ball and can be relied upon in the middle portion of the field.
Besides being a more traditional blocking tight end, Jensen was able to catch 26 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns. That is pretty good considering Fresno State had three other wide receivers who combined for 320 passes, and two of those had 100 each.
Jacksonville already has a very good tight end in Mercedes Lewis, but the Jaguars need so many weapons on offense with new quarterback Blake Bortles there could be a spot for Jensen as a third tight end and special teams player.
Here are the things to know from Jensen's scouting report:
Strengths: Don't let the counting statistics fool you, because Jensen has a surprising ability to stretch the field and has soft hands that made him a capable red zone target over the last two seasons. His size and strength make him a proficient blocker. Jensen also has well above average leaping ability that will be an asset on special teams; Bulldogs fans will recall his season-saving blocked kick against San Diego State, one of four blocked kicks in his time at Fresno State.
Weaknesses: Jensen spent the majority of the time surprising secondaries up the seams or catching short passes in Fresno State's offense, so he needs more work as a route runner. While he has no real injury history, Jensen missed the Senior Bowl with a groin injury, and that may be a red flag to risk-averse teams.
Bottom line: Fresno State abandoned its running game on occasion in 2013 but, when it was clicking, Jensen was a big reason why. He is one of the most physically imposing tight ends in this year's draft, and that alone will draw a great deal of attention when the top players are off the board after the first few rounds.
Here are highlights of Jensen: