PROS: Extremely versatile. Can be used as a wing, tight end, h-back or fullback with upside to contribute as a blocker or receiver. People around the Virginia Tech rave about his habits and character. Tenacious and competitive in everything he does. Blocks through the whistle with great effort. Highly effective blocking in space as a lead blocker. Has enough juice to uncover and take advantage of schemed touches in space. Showcases some impressive catches and ball skills despite not having as many chances as he deserved. HIs over the shoulder catch vs Pitt was superb and an exciting flash. Love the way he competes with the ball in his hands and he can break tackles.
CONS: Has to prove himself able to run a significantly greater route tree than what was on his plate in college. Most of his touches were manufactured and products of the scheme and even then the opportunities were fairly limited. Has a lot to prove as a down the field threat although there are some exciting flashes. Has some technical work needed as a blocker to keep himself square more consistently when lined up in-line.
BEST TRAIT - Versatility
WORST TRAIT - Production
RED FLAGS - None
Virginia Tech tight end Dalton Keene has the makings of a much more impactful professional player than he was in college. Despite some exciting flashes, Keene didn’t receive the chances he deserved in the pass game and the offense failed to provide him the opportunity to illustrate a complete skill set. With that said, he has shown the ability to produce as a blocker and receiver in a variety of alignments and he opens a world of possibilities for an NFL offense. Keene is highly competitive in everything he does and there are baseline skills present to forecast him to a meaningful role in sub packages and special teams in the NFL.