Routes - I like his foundation of traits to develop despite running a limited tree in college. Sinks and snaps through his breaks with suddenness. Takes good angles to set up clean releases into his routes. Has vertical upside with his athletic ability to challenge the seam and corner routes. Deceptive footwork at the top of routes.
Hands - Illustrates both the ability to pluck the football securely outside his frame and letting others slip through his hands. It was the same at the Combine during drills. Relatively new to football so there is reason to believe he can clean this up.
Ball Skills - You can tell he’s a natural athlete in terms of tracking, adjusting and attacking the football. Illustrates the ability to extend for the football and elevate. Basketball background shows up when establishing his frame at the catch point.
YAC Ability - Tough to gauge given he wasn’t given chances to truly win after the catch. With that said, his athletic profile and competitive demeanor suggests there is some upside. Liked the way he secured the football and easily transitioned on film and at the Combine.
Play Speed - Really intriguing blend of size and speed that should make him a threat to challenge defenses vertically. Has the juice needed to run away from man coverage and separate.
Play Strength - Has the functional strength needed to exchange power in the trenches. Excellent contact balance as a ball carrier and at the catch point. Not easily derailed as a route runner.
In-line Blocking - Offers a sound blend of technique and play strength to win. Highly focused on fitting his hands and leveraging his hips to seal lanes. Could stand to be a little more deliberate about accelerating his feet but I also like that he plays within himself and doesn’t lunge.
Space Blocking - Has plenty of experience blocking from multiple spots in San Diego State’s run-heavy attack. Plays under control but his timing and angles are inconsistent leading to mixed results.
Versatility - He’s still developing across the board but the traits are present for him to fill any role as a blocker or receiver. Has the upside to attack all levels of the field as a receiver while lining in in-line or flexed. Developing nuance is the key for him reaching his potential as a versatile weapon and blocker.
BEST TRAIT - Traits
WORST TRAIT - Variance With Hands
RED FLAGS - Missed 10 games in 2016 with foot injury
Warring was a multi-sport star in high school that only played one season of football. He went from walk on in 2015 to scholarship athlete in 2017 as he worked hard to develop his frame and skills as a tight end. The traits and flashes on the field are present to suggest he has upside as a blocker and receiver in the NFL that can line up all over the formation. He needs continued development but Warring has the ability to become a quality starter.
Round Grade - Third Round Value