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With the 38th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins from the University of Washington.
Highly recruited out of Washington, where he also played basketball in high school. As a true freshman in 2011, started 10 of 13 games and caught 41 balls for 538 yards (13.1-yard average) and six touchdowns. Started all 13 games in 2012 and hauled in 69 passes for 852 yards (12.4) and seven TDs. Was arrested in March 2013 for DUI following a late-night car accident (blood-alcohol level was 0.18); pleaded guilty, paid a $695 fine and was sentenced to 364 days in jail, 363 of which were suspended. Also was suspended for the season opener against Boise State. Broke his right pinkie finger during fall camp and had surgery to insert a pin in the finger. On the season, started all 12 games played and won the Mackey Award -- had 36 catches for 450 yards (12.5) and eight TDs while establishing UW career records for most receptions (146), receiving yards (1,840) and touchdown catches (21) by a tight end. Also played 17 games for the Huskies basketball team as a freshman. Combine examination revealed a stress fracture in his right foot, which required surgery and precluded him from working out. Missed his April 2 pro day because he was still recovering.
BOTTOM LINE: An intriguing height-weight-speed prospect, Seferian-Jenkins has all the tools to be a legitimate No. 1 tight end in the NFL, though he has to maintain focus and consistency and continue improving as a blocker. Has good core strength to develop into a functional, all-around tight end if he learns to get after it in the run game. Suspect quarterback play dipped production as a senior.
Listen below to Seferian-Jenkins in his first conversation with Tampa Bay media after being selected on night two of the NFL Draft: