As the NFL draft approaches, many SEC West players are a lock to be chosen in the early rounds, such as quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tugavailoa. However, for the cellar-dwelling Arkansas Razorbacks, players will most likely have to wait a while before their name is called.
Tight end Cheyenne O’Grady is an excellent talent but due to some poor decision-making off the field, he will most likely to have to wait to hear his name called.
Coming out of Fayetteville High School in 2015, O’Grady was poised for a great career for the Razorbacks and many assumed that to be the case. Unfortunately, the homegrown kid found himself in trouble right from the get-go, being arrested for a DWI in his freshman year. This wasn’t the last of O’Grady’s off-field issues. He found himself suspended again in 2018 for the first 2 games of the season, and again during the 2019 season before a ‘mutual agreement’ was made for him to step away from the team (O’Grady later clarified that he was indeed dismissed by then-head coach Chad Morris).
For his career O’Grady posted 87 receptions for 967 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 touchdowns make him the all-time leader for tight ends in program history.
His Combine Results are as followed:
Weight: 253 lbs
Arms: 33 5/8”
Hands: 10 1/8’
40-yard dash: 4.81 seconds
Bench Press: 16 reps
Vertical Jump: 34.0 inches
Broad Jump: 119.0 inches
3-cone drill: 7.3 seconds
20-yard shuffle: 4.34 seconds
He did not participate in the 60-yard shuffle
Along with O’Grady’s lack of maturity and leadership skills, his weaknesses include route running and poor technique in the run-blocking game. His on-field issues can unquestionably be partly attributed to dreadful coaching over the course of his career. O’Grady poses tremendous athleticism and has extremely soft hands. He displays exceptional toughness as displayed here:
O’Grady is likely to be selected anywhere from the 6th to 7th rounds in the draft, but it is very possible that he does not get drafted at all. In any case, he will undoubtedly need to fight to make the end of a roster or even a practice squad.
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