FSU’s Auden Tate selected by Bengals in 7th round of 2018 NFL Draft

Levi Wallace #39 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks up a pass intended for Auden Tate #18 of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Auden Tate, Florida State University / 6-4.75 / 228 pounds / Wide receiver

Auden Tate was the 35th pick in the seventh round (No. 253 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Quick bio: Tate caught 65 passes for 957 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons at FSU. He played through a shoulder injury, missing just one of FSU’s 13 games in 2017. After a season-ending injury to FSU quarterback Deondre Francois in the opener, Tate quickly built chemistry with true freshman James Blackman and became a go-to target in the red zone for the former Glades Central star. Tate had a three-touchdown day in the bowl win over Southern Miss, helping propel his draft stock as an early entry in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Scouting report: Tate uses his size and physicality in the red zone, winning position against shorter corners and hauling in touchdowns. Of his ACC-leading 10 touchdowns in 2017, nine came from inside the 20-yard line. The knock on Tate is that he doesn’t have the speed to separate in the open field, but he tied for the team lead with 40 receptions last season. He is considered the ninth-best receiver on the board by CBSSports.com.

NFL Combine results: Tate ran a 4.68, a slow mark for a receiver. He also had a 31-inch vertical.

Quoting: “Tate provides a large strike zone for the quarterback and out-rebounds defenders, boxing out and trampling cornerbacks. However, he is still incredibly raw as a route-runner, leading defenders to his spot and not always making himself available mid-pattern. Overall, Tate will never be a dynamic separator in coverage and needs to develop the details of the position, but he is able to mismatch defensive backs with his size and body control, boasting the skill-set to make a living in the red zone.” — NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler

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