Cade Stover - TE - Ohio State

Stover really fits the bills of “the more you can do”. Hasn’t had that much experience playing TE, but looked great when he changed over, and fits into his role in the offense well.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 3″

Weight: 241 lbs

Age: 23

40-yard dash: 4.65s

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 34.5″

Broad Jump: 10’4″

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Receiving & Rushing Table
ReceivingRushingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGRecYdsAvgTDAttYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2019Ohio StateBig TenFRLB1000000000
*2020Ohio StateBig TenFRTE2000000000
*2021Ohio StateBig TenSOTE1357615.2000057615.20
*2022Ohio StateBig TenSR133640611.350003640611.35
*2023Ohio StateBig TenSRTE124157614.050004157614.05
CareerOhio State82105812.91000082105812.910
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/3/2024.

Notable Headlines

Stover has a very unique path to the draft, playing safety and running back in high school before entering college as a Linebacker, before switching to TE after his freshman year. Saw limited production until his 2022 season, where he caught 36 passes for 406 yards and 6 TDs. Following that up with another season with 41 receptions for 576 yards and 5 TDs.

Scouting Report

Positives

Versatility is an obvious strength for Stover, but it really shows the upside that he has entering the draft. He has a strong frame, working well as a blocker and as a receiver. Has good hands, and uses his body well to break tackles, and gain extra yards after contact.

Negatives

Still learning the position, especially route running, which hurts him. Can struggle to find soft spots in defensive coverages, and needs simple plays called for him. Doesn’t have top speed either, which can hinder his ability in the open field. With his raw ability, he could struggle to get on the field to start the season too.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 4

Landing Spots

Stover could sneak into the third round, as someone could decide to take a gamble on his upside. But, on balance think it’s more likely that he ends up going in the 4th round. Would need a team that would enable him to continue to learn the position, and uses his physical strength rather than looking for him to be a great route runner. Could end up as a nice option for Washington, or Tampa Bay.

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