Now that rookie tight end Troy Niklas has recovered from the broken hand he suffered during OTA's, the future looks bright for him in an Arizona Cardinals uniform.
The University of Notre Dame product looked good during preseason action – he paced all Arizona tight ends with three receptions and added 29 receiving yards. The Red Birds drafted him in the second round of this year's NFL Draft and love his potential.
Let's look at Niklas' updated scouting profile via cbssports.com:
STRENGTHS: Niklas has a prototypical build for today's matchup nightmare at tight end. Excellent height, long arms and a well-built frame. Experience on the defensive side of the ball is shown with his physical nature on the field. Seems to enjoy blocking, rocking opponents with an impressive initial punch and latching on to control throughout the play. Keeps his legs driving through contact. Uses his height and strength to get open against tight coverage, consistently winning the physical battle with opponents to create space. Good leaping ability, flashing the ability to extend and pluck. Used in a variety of roles for the Irish, including as an inline blocker from both sides, split out wide and even used as an occasional H-back or as a third tackle in pass protection. Secures the football quickly and turns aggressively upfield, dragging would-be tacklers along the way. Good bloodlines. Nephew of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. Real solid potential.Read more... Join the Conversation...