- AProjectionRound 2-3
- YearRS Junior
- Hand9 ¾
- Arm32 ¾
Strong Points: Athletic with better-than-adequate speed and good overall body control and flexibility. Willing blocker. Releases off the line and into routes quickly and cleanly. Good short pattern runner who is able to create separation coming out of cuts. Always catches the ball in his hands and has a fairly good receiving radius.
Weak Points: Must get stronger -- saw his legs buckle a few times on film when run blocking. Only a one-year starter. Short arms for his height. Only one year of good production.
The Way We See It: Warring has talent but is still raw. A former walk-on who wasn't awarded a football scholarship until 2017, he started only three games that season becoming a full-time starter last season. He is tall but needs to add a few pounds and get stronger, especially in the lower body. Though he is a willing blocker, Warring is more of a wall-off blocker than a powerful point-of-attack people mover. As a receiver, he was used mostly on shorter routes but showed an ability to get open. He has good hands, a relatively large receiving radius and the competitiveness to compete in traffic and gain yards after the catch. Overall, Warring is more of a "move" tight end, but he doesn't have the speed to be totally effective in that role in the NFL. He will need to get bigger and stronger to become a more effective blocker, giving him a chance to eventually start.
Arthur Arkush: Warring is an exciting prospect because of what he's already flashed on limited film but more so because of what could lie ahead. As far as size, speed, athleticism and ball skills, he easily checks all those boxes. He explodes into vertical routes and shows some special in high-pointing and contorting his body for the ball. If he's not the primary, he still commands the type of attention over the middle that can clear it out for teammates on crossers headed in the opposite direction. He's a work in progress as a blocker, where his positioning and hand usage remain largely unrefined and he needs to become more powerful, but it's telling that the Aztecs looked to run behind in him some high-leverage spots. Warring lined up plenty as a "Y" but also worked from the wing and detached in the slot. We didn't see him run a wide variety of routes, but his downfield separation skills stood out. He's no T.J. Hockenson, but Warring might be a nice Day 2 Hock contingency.
Best Fit: Patriots, Jaguars, Raiders, Dolphins, Packers
Red Flags: Sushi raw
NFL Comp: Kyle Rudolph