It is fair to say that the NFL Draft process isn’t exactly a perfected science. Each year over 250 student-athletes get selected on Draft Day, but not every one of those selections has what it takes to make it in the National Football League. First round picks are not ‘sure things’ (Ryan Leaf) and late round picks are not always destined to be practice squad players (do I even need to say it? #199). But either way, hearing your name called makes that childhood dream of playing in the NFL start to come to fruition.
Recently, UMass WR Tajae Sharpe has been turning some heads, and right now is projected as a fourth to sixth round pick. Sharpe recently got his invite to the NFL Combine, and I believe that once Sharpe puts on a show at the Combine, he could reach the second to third round mark. He’s speedy quick at a 6’3” frame with great route running ability and an uncanny dependability when his number is called. During the 2015 season, Tajae Sharpe was targeted 114 times and only had three drops. With 277 career receptions and 16 TDs, Sharpe made his mark on the UMass football program and will soon make his mark on the NFL.
Sharpe recently was a part of both the Shrine Bowl and the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Scouts raved about Sharpe’s ability to make contested catches, despite criticisms of small hands (measuring at 8 inches).
Regardless of what bystanders said he couldn’t accomplish, Sharpe still impressed and was named one of Pro Football Focus’s Five Players Who Stood Out At The Senior Bowl, and also made Miami cornerback Deon Bush stumble while running a route
Tajae will continue to get noticed as the Combine approaches and expect to hear his name in the near future both on Draft Day and during the upcoming NFL seasons. Also, watch this catch against Temple. All of us here at N2K Sports wish you luck Mr. Sharpe, and go give him a look on Twitter @Showt1meSharpe
Cover Photo via The Boston Herald