Route Running -Really, really smooth. Love how easily he rolls through breaks and carries speed to snap off his angles and create separation. Attacks all three levels of the field effectively and shows a strong feel for finding soft spots in zone.
Hands - Super soft. Easily plucks the ball out of the air. Has shown excellent concentration on tipped passes over the middle on numerous occasions. His catch radius is extensive and has little issue catching the ball at full extension.
Versatility -Has been aligned all over offensive sets: flexed, in an H-back/move role and in traditional in-line formation. Receiving chops are effective in all spaces but the further away from the edge the better blocker he can be. Wins with speed and natural body control as receiver.
Contested Catch Ability -Has made several impressive catches in traffic. Has held onto a few hospital balls that his QB hung him out to dry on. His aggressive approach of the football and his body control to brace for contact are top shelf in this regard.
Run After Catch Ability -Not necessarily the most powerful player but he's tenacious after the catch and persistent in pulling off of soft tackle challenges. His second gear is good...not elite, though. He's perfectly capable in space of making someone miss, pretty versatile in this area.
Power At POA - He isn't going to overwhelm anyone but he's sticky and shows good foot speed to stay in front of the defender. Had success at the POA as a pin blocker or turn-out blocker on the edge but doesn't reset the LOS with any power of note.
Competitive Toughness - High effort player in both the run game and as a pass catcher. Not going to tip off defenders with his effort or rolling lazily out of his stance. Functional strength could best be described as "adequate" in the box but shows terrific contact balance after the catch.
Flexibility - No issues with his hinges. Like his mobility through the core to peel back to the football and adjust to poorly thrown passes. His length and extension skills are enhanced by mobility through the shoulders and comfort in extension.
Balance - Dynamic base is pretty impressive, like how easily he generates tilt and lean as he runs to carry momentum and continue to roll through his cut. His ability to absorb contact and continue to push up the field and keep his balance provides a key element in RAC.
Football Intelligence - Three different schools in three seasons but he's still fairly advanced as a receiver. He's effective in slipping past bodies in shallow zones and getting momentum and shows pretty clean footwork. Big area of improvement on routes is not being passive at times to cross face.
BEST TRAIT - Contested Catch Ability
WORST TRAIT - Power at POA
BEST FILM -South Carolina (2018)
WORST FILM - Alabama (2018)
RED FLAGS - None
Jace Sternberger is an excellent receiving threat from the TE position and his receiving chops should allow him to get reps early as a rookie. Sternberger has smooth breaks, soft hands, good concentration skills and enough blocking to not be considered a liability at the POA. He needs to continue to add some false breaks on his routes and really focus on his balance and lower body power as a blocker but his three year projection is favorable, can impact pass game year one.
Round Grade - Early Second Round