Derrick Deese Jr.
Derrick Deese Jr.  TE  San José State | NFL Draft 2022 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Derrick Deese Jr.
Height
6-4
Weight
236
College
San José State
Position
TE
Class
Senior
Home town
La Palma, CA
80.6/100
Player Rating
9
PositionRank (TE)
4.93
FortyYD Time
Receptions
47
Rec YDs
730
Rec TDs
4
Rec AVG
15.5

Derrick Deese Jr. TE San José State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Derrick Deese Jr. TE San José State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #138 Position Rank: #9 (TE)
40 time: 4.93 seconds
Height: 6-4 Weight: 236
Hands: 10 2/8 Arms: 33 5/8 Span: 82
Pro-Day Results
Overall Rating: 80.6 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
Hands:
69%
Short Receiving:
76%
Intermediate Routes:
86%
Deep Threat:
86%
Blocking:
75%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 5th Position rank: #9
College Games: 31 College Snaps: 1629
Draft Profile: Bio
Derrick Deese Jr is the son of former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Derrick Deese who played wide receiver at high school. He wasn't highly recruited and so opted for the JUCO route at Golden West College where he caught 37 passes for 658 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017. In 2018 he transferred to San Jose State and redshirted the season.

After two underwhelming seasons in 2019 and 2020 where he totaled just 419 Yds, Deese broke out with a dominating season in 2021. He caught 47 passes with 720 Yds and scored 4 TDs with a 86.4 QB rating when targetted. He was is named as one of the eight semifinalists for the 2021John Mackey National Tight End Award.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • A lean athlete with obvious upside. Soft hands. Flashes the ability to make the outstanding catch.
  • Decent catch radius with an arm length of 33 5/8 inches and 10 1⁄4 inch hands
  • Runs nice routes - you can tell he has a comes from a wide receiver background and he creates decent seperation
  • Comes off the snap quick, low and hard. Runs low and accelerates quickly.
  • Soft hands. Flashes good to very good tracking and overall body control to make catches outside of his frame.
  • A savvy, reliable pass catcher with good body control and focus. Soft hands and has the hand-eye coordination to secure wild throws.
  • Capable of tracking passes from many angles. Good sideline awareness, taps quick feet to stay in-bounds.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Lacks elite power for the position and looks maxed-out from a strength perspective.
  • Has only average size and strength and lacks an imposing frame.
  • Average size and power for the position; won't overwhelm with his strength.
  • Effort blocker who gets in the way more than he mauls.
  • Doesn't break many tackles or do enough after contact.
  • Lacks elite power for the position and looks maxed-out from a strength perspective.
Scouting Report: Summary
Derrick Deese Jr. has good soft hands and runs efficient routes like a traditional wideout he however is a little undersized and is only average a blocker and lacks the speed to be a deep threat.
We expect Deese to carve out an NFL career but doubt if he can become a three-down NFL starter and as a result will probably be selected in the later rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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How other scouting services rate Derrick Deese Jr. (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
186.0
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
13.0