Profile: Auden Tate
Location: Tampa (Fla.) Wharton
No. 37 WR, No. 287 overall in Scout 300
For now though I believe he’s a wide receiver. There are many out there that disagree with me. But he’s big, strong, physical and runs well enough. You are not signing Tate to be your speed guy. But he’s a long strider who is deceptive on the field with his speed. He can create separation and Tate’s hands are terrific.
He’s a natural pass catcher that doesn’t fight the ball. It doesn’t get to his body. Tate uses his big paws to snatch it out of the air with ease.
Tate is also a pretty good athlete that can go get the ball. He uses his size, body and arm length to win jump balls. Tate has good hand-eye coordination and body control. He can also go down low to make tough grabs. What he presents to a quarterback is a big target with a large catch radius that can go get the football. It's also a bonus that Tate shows the ability to block on the perimeter for his teammates.
What may be of concern: There are three things I am concerned with Tate and to me, they are minor. First, he has to fill out. We all know that should happen and happen rather easily as long as he puts in the work. Second, football is a game of speed and once he gets to the next level you would like to see him get faster. I am not expecting Tate to become a blazer but he does need to add some juice to his game. Third, he has to become more polished as a route runner, which will come with time, coaching and reps. These are all very manageable.
Overall analysis: To me, Tate and new Florida commitment Kalif Jackson (Neptune Beach, Fla.) are almost clones of each other. These are two huge wide receivers that may not be speed demons but they have fantastic hands and catch almost everything thrown their way.
Tate will be given a long, hard look at wide receiver. Florida State is hoping that he can develop into another Kelvin Benjamin type of outside target that can present matchup problems on third down, in the red-zone and on balls thrown down field. Tate certainly has the body and physical makeup to become that kind of player for the Seminoles.
This is a young man with a ton of talent and lot of upside who will have a chance to really flourish under Jimbo Fisher and Lawrence Dawsey at FSU.