Sam LaPorta
Sam LaPorta  TE  Iowa | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Sam LaPorta
Height
6-4
Weight
249
College
Iowa
Position
TE
Class
Junior
Home town
Highland, IL
86.7/100
Player Rating
2
PositionRank
4.66
FortyYD Time
Receptions
53
Rec YDs
670
Rec TDs
3
Rec AVG
12.6

Sam LaPorta TE Iowa | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Sam LaPorta TE Iowa
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

40 time: 4.66 seconds
Height: 6-4 Weight: 249
Date of Birth: 01/12/2001 Age: 21.5
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Overall Rating: 86.7 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
Hands:
70%
Short Receiving:
88%
Intermediate Routes:
93%
Deep Threat:
81%
Blocking:
60%
DRAFT GRADE: 2nd - Late Position rank: #2
College Games: 32 College Snaps: 1418
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (74/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #162 Pos Rank: #173 State Rank: #28
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (84/100 )
Ovr Rank: #1174 Pos Rank: #55
Draft Profile: Bio
Sam LaPorta from Highland High School was rated a 3 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, LaPorta opted to join Iowa.

In 2019 as a freshman LaPorta saw action in 12 games for the Hawkeyes as he made 15 receptions for 188 yards for an average of 12.5 yards per reception, with no TDs, and a QB rating when targeted of 98.9. As a blocker he allowed no pressures and no sacks.

As a sophomore in 2020 he played in 8 games and had 27 catches for 271 yards for an average of 10.0 yards per catch, with one TD, and a QB rating when targeted of 55.6. In pass protction he gave up 2 pressures and no sacks. As a pass blocker he gave up one pressure and no sacks.

As a junior in 2021 he played in 14 games and hauled in 53 catches for 670 yards for an average of 12.6 yards per catch, with 3 TDs, and a QB rating when targeted of 93.1.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Good quickness off the snap. Has good speed for the position to attack the seam. Shows burst out of his breaks to gain separation.
  • Capable of tracking passes from many angles. Good sideline awareness, taps quick feet to stay in-bounds.
  • Runs precise routes with mostly crisp cuts. Very difficult to cover, gets separation consistently.
  • Has the burst off the snap to be split out wide in the NFL
  • Has good hand-eye coordination and body control to turn and adjust to poorly thrown balls.
  • Short with short arms for an NFL tight end. Has enough upper-body strength to fight initial jam at the line of scrimmage and has the speed and athleticism to burn defenders challenging him.
  • Soft hands. Flashes good to very good tracking and overall body control to make catches outside of his frame.
  • Good burst off the snap, quick hands and good balance to gain a clean release.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • High cut frame and limited power in hands prevent a top blocking grade.
  • Is a bit high-hipped and slow to get rolling. Frame limits upside as a blocker.
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How other scouting services rate Sam LaPorta (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
53.5
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
2.0