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You all are foolish. We need another TE. If something, God forbid, happens to Cooley, we have Yoder starting. Yep, Todd Yoder. The random guy who caught the Campbell TD in Tampa and then we knew nothing about after that.

Seriously, the fact that you guys are ****ing and moaning about a 7th round pick is hilarious. Just go all be Patriots fans. It's the 7th round, you take a player you think has a chance at sticking on your team, and I think all of our picks this year will stick, with the exception of Palmer going on the PS.

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Maybe a big blocking TE


Prospect Profiles

Tyler Ecker

Height: 6-6

Weight: 269 Position: Tight End

College: Michigan

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A two-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference (2005-06) and Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement (2004-05) recipient, Ecker suffered through an injury-plagued senior year, as a right ankle sprain sidelined him for four contests and limited his production in several others. The starter in 15 of 45 games during his career, he caught at least one pass in 24 of his last 32 games.

The Oak Ridge High School product recorded 63 receptions for 1,188 yards and scored 16 touchdowns during his prep career as a tight end. On defense, he lined up at defensive end, as he registered 95 tackles and eight sacks during his career.

Ecker enrolled at Michigan in 2002, wearing jersey No. 85 on the scout team. He then embarked on a two-year church mission and did not return to the Wolverines until 2003. He played in 13 games behind Tim Massaquoi at tight end that season, catching seven passes for 98 yards (14.0 avg.).

Ecker and Massaquoi shared tight end duties in 2004, with Ecker starting against Illinois. He caught 17 passes for 157 yards (9.2 avg.) and two touchdowns. In 2005, he earned Academic All-Big Ten Conference and honorable All-Big Ten accolades. He started six of 12 contests, as he had a career-high 21 receptions for 285 yards (13.6 avg.) and two touchdowns.

Primed to be the full-time starter in 2006, Ecker's ankle injury on the first series of the Minnesota game would put him on crutches for more than a month before he returned to action. He started all eight games he appeared in, catching 12 passes for 155 yards (12.9 avg.) and two scores. In 45 games at Michigan, Ecker caught 57 passes for 695 yards (12.2 avg.) while starting 15 contests. He also recorded an assisted tackle.


Positives: Has a tall, thick frame with long arms, thick legs and broad shoulders … His body structure appears that he could handle at least another 30 pounds of bulk for a potential move to the offensive line … Solid pass protector who has a quick kick slide to get back and mirror edge rushers … Lacks ideal strength as a position blocker, but uses his frame well to occupy the defender long enough for the quarterback to execute the play … Has adequate initial quickness off the snap and into his routes … Uses his size efficiently to get a good line release and has the functional upper-body power to defeat the press … Will fall off some blocks on the move, but holds his ground well when anchoring against the bull rush … works to sustain his blocks at the line of scrimmage and has a good understanding for blocking schemes … Mentally tough player with the vision to spot pocket pressure and break off his route to work back to the quarterback.

Negatives: Very inconsistent catching the ball, as his ball-concentration skills are lacking (hears the defender's feet) … Slow to get into his patterns and will round his cuts … Lacks the second gear to separate after the catch and needs to do a better job working underneath, as he fails to find the soft spots in the zone … Must improve the timing on his leaps, as he has the size, but will still lose more than a few jump ball battles … Needs to do a better job of getting his shoulders square in attempts to secure the ball … Won't set up a defender or elude them on quickness alone … Must be more aggressive when firing out to locate and neutralize second-level defenders.

Compares To: Zach Hilton, ex-New York Jets -- Like Hilton, Ecker has the height to make jump ball battles a moot point, but he fails to time his leaps and loses concentration on the ball when he hears the defender closing … He is a decent pass protector, but lacks cut blocking ability … He is a marginal catcher who lacks natural hands … He will fight for a roster spot in camp, but there are too many limitations in his game to hold out much hope that he will secure one of those spots.


2006: Suffered a right ankle sprain on the first series of the Minnesota game, missing the rest of that contest and also sat out the Michigan State, Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern and Ball State games.


Campus: 4.92 in the 40-yard dash … 2.8 10-yard dash … 1.69 20-yard dash … 4.4 20-yard shuttle … 7.06 three-cone drill … 33.5-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-3 broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.


Attended Oak Ridge High School (2000), coached by Mark Watson … Three-year varsity starter … Also played defensive end during his career … Recorded 63 receptions for 1,188 yards and scored 16 touchdowns during his career, along with 95 tackles and eight sacks as defensive end … Set national high school record with 99-yard touchdown reception against Galt in 1999 … Caught 31 passes for 635 yards and nine touchdowns his senior year … Recorded 75 tackles and five sacks as a senior … USA Today High School All-America honorable mention … Rated as the No. 9 tight end nationally by SuperPrep Magazine and was the publication's No. 13 player in Far West region … Listed as the No. 3 tight end in Western region by Prep Star magazine … Ranked as the No. 55 player in West by Prep Football Report … Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 9 tight end nationally by Rivals100.com … Received first-team all-conference, all-city, all-state and All-West honors as a senior … Selected first-team all-conference and all-city his junior year … Two-time Team MVP and honored as Sierra Valley Conference Player of the Year his senior season … Selected to the Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best of the West" first-team squad … Invited to the California vs. Texas All-State Game … Two-year starter and three-year letterman on the basketball team, averaging 8.4 rebounds, 7.6 points per game and blocked 92 shots during his senior year … First-team all-league and conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.


Spanish major, enrolled in the Division of Kinesiology … Born Tyler Rand Ecker on Apr. 18, 1982 … Resides in El Dorado Hills, Calif.

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