The Lions could be eyeing this Buffalo Tight end toward the end of the NFL Draft.
Coming into the 2017 offseason, we posited that the tight end position was a severely underrated need for the team as they built for the future. With the tight end class being as talented as it is, the thinking was that the team could pick up a player that would help take the offense to a whole new level while opening up Eric Ebron and Matthew Stafford to create mismatches with any defense. The signing of Darren Fells has helped alleviate the concern somewhat since the team now has a capable pass blocker that will play in a large amount of snaps to keep Stafford clean, but the team isn’t done looking. Recently the team met with Buffalo Tight end Mason Schreck at his Pro Day, the first tight end they’ve met with since the combine (that we’re aware of).
Schreck, aside from having a likely high-seeded name in the Detroit Lions Name Bracket, had a reasonably impressive Pro Day showing from a measurements standpoint. Coming in somewhat undersized, he posted a good 40 time and above average explosion numbers. These were the only drills reported outside of a disappointing bench press, but it puts him in a pretty good position relatively from an athletic perspective.
Another player the #Lions met with is Mason Schreck of Buffalo. A bit undersized, but posted good speed and explosion numbers #RAS pic.twitter.com/QBioxWnKmi— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 17, 2017
Schreck is a four-year starter who increased his production each year from 2014 to 2016. He finished last season with 59 catches for 651 yards, a respectable 11 yard per catch average, and 4 TDs. That doesn’t really jump off the screen for a No. 1 tight end in a college offense, but he projects to be a decent receiving option in the pros as an undrafted free agent with a camp invite. He may end up sitting on the practice squad his first year to get acclimated to the NFL, but his potential as a No. 2 option is pretty easy to see on tape.