Iowa TE Henry Krieger Coble has agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos.— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) April 30, 2016
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT HENRY KRIEGER-COBLE?
Krieger-Coble is an Iowa tight end, which has been a tremendous pipeline for the NFL over the last 15 years. Like most Iowa tight ends, HKC is a well-rounded player at the tight end position, adept at both blocking and pass-catching. Iowa requires tight ends to do a little bit of everything, so he's not a one-dimensional prospect who can only do one thing well. He's a very solid run-blocker, especially in a zone scheme, and he's a reliable pass-catcher than can move the chain and isn't afraid to make plays in the middle of the field.
WHAT DID HE DO THAT'S SO GREAT?
Krieger-Coble had a quiet Iowa career until his senior year, mainly because he was behind past NFL Draft picks (C.J. Fiedorowicz) and likely future NFL Draft picks (George Kittle, possibly Jake Duzey) in the pecking order. He finally got an opportunity to shine as a senior and he made the most of it, pulling in 35 passes for 405 yards and a touchdown. HKC was especially valuable in terms of moving the chains -- at one point he had 14 straight catches that went for first downs. He was an incredibly reliable weapon in the short passing game.
HOW ARE HIS PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES?
Krieger-Coble is listed at 6-3, 248 lbs, so he has solid size, although nothing exceptional. He doesn't have elite height or length (his arm length is listed at 31 3/8"), but he isn't alarmingly undersized or anything. Nor is HKC blazing fast (40 time of 4.8 at his Pro Day) or spectacularly acrobatic (vertical of 33 1/2" at his Pro Day). He isn't an incredible, game-breaking athlete -- but is physical attributes should be perfectly fine for the NFL.
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WHAT ABOUT THE BAD?
Krieger-Coble only started one year at Iowa, so he has somewhat limited experience. As noted above, he's not a standout athlete, so he's probably not going to wow you with his speed or ability to make acrobatic catches (the highlight above notwithstanding). He can struggle to get open against tight, athletic coverage as well.
WAS THIS A GOOD SIGNING?
Yes, if you're signing him to be your second tight end. That's a position where Krieger-Coble could do well in the NFL. He's not likely to ever be a main target in the passing game and may never be a lead tight end for a team. But he's very solid in all areas and can help a team in several ways -- he'll be able to block on early downs, but should also be able to stay on the field on third down as a pass-catching option as well. He seems reminiscent of past Iowa tight ends like Brandon Myers and Allen Reisner, both of whom carved out solid NFL careers.