2018 NFL Draft Player Preview: Mark Andrews

  • Mark Andrews, 6-5/250

  • Tight End

  • Oklahoma

  • Mark Andrews 2017 Preview
    By Charlie Campbell

    Career Recap: Oklahoma has featured a high-scoring offense over the past few seasons with dynamic running backs and wide receivers. Andrews has gone under the radar to a degree as a result, but he has proven to be a quality receiving tight end. In 2015, he totaled 19 catches for 318 yards and seven touchdowns. As a sophomore, Andrews took his game to another level, totaling 31 receptions for 489 yards and seven touchdowns. He was Oklahoma's third leading pass-catcher behind wideout Dede Westbrook and running back Joe Mixon.

    2017 Season Outlook: Oklahoma will see a lot of soft Big XII defenses as that conference is the Arena League of college football. That being said, Ohio State has some good linebacker and safety talent for the upcoming NFL drafts. Those Buckeye defenders will challenge Andrews in Week 2 of the 2017 season. He also will see a future NFL linebacker in linebacker Malik Jefferson when the Sooners take on rival Texas. Andrews has a lot of weak opponents and secondaries to exploit in 2017.

    Skill-Set Summary: In recent drafts, there have been some similar tight ends to Andrews who have been second-day picks. Andrews appears to have some similarities to Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper and Max Williams. Like those players, Andrews has good size with quickness, athleticism, and the potential to be a well-rounded starter for the NFL.

    It would help Andrews' draft stock to show improvement as a blocker in 2017. The junior has the size to do it, and improving his drive blocking would help more teams to view him as a three-down starter.

    For the NFL, Andrews could be a nice contributor as a receiving weapon. Oklahoma often splits Andrews out and has him run routes out of the slot. Andrews uses his quickness, athleticism, and size to have nice run-after-the-catch ability. He has the skill set to be a receiving threat down the seam and in the red zone, like he has been in college. Andrews has the quickness to get downfield and shows impressive speed in the open field to pull away from defenders. He possesses soft hands, is a fluid athlete, and has the size to make receptions over defensive backs. Andrews runs quality routes, is adept to find the soft spots in zone, and is a good athlete. He should be an asset in the NFL in the red zone.

    There are a lot of teams that are in need of improving their receiving and mismatch weapons at tight end. Andrews isn't an elite freak athlete with receiving ability like O.J. Howard, David Njoku, Evan Engram or Gerald Everett; however, Andrews could develop into being a solid receiving tight end who is able to block better than some of those receiving targets. Andrews has the potential to end up being a solid three-down starter in the NFL.

    2018 NFL Draft Expectations: Entering the 2017 season, Andrews has the potential to be one of the top tight end prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft.




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