It isn’t easy to make the transition from college football player to NFL star. Sometimes, depending on the size of the program you play for, it could be hard enough just to get noticed.
Take Vanderbilt Commodores redshirt senior tight end Steven Scheu, for example.
Vanderbilt is not known for being a football powerhouse, so you may not have heard of Scheu. However, he is quitely one of the better tight ends in the nation and he could make some noise in next year’s NFL Draft. People in the SEC will know who Scheu is, but he doesn’t get the proper recognition around the nation.
At 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, Scheu has the size you look for in a tight end.
The production is also there. Last season, Scheu recorded 39 catches for 525 yards and four touchdowns; he led the team in all of those categories. Those statistics were enough to earn the tight end second-team All-SEC honors.
Now, as he prepares to enter his final season at the collegiate level, Scheu is starting to get the attention he deserves.
According to NFL Draft analyst Chad Reuter, Scheu has enough talent that he “could end up cracking the top 100” picks in the 2016 NFL Draft. For a tight end that many people have likely not heard of entering the season, that is some very high praise.
“The second-team All-SEC pick has an excellent catch radius,” wrote Reuter, via NFL.com. “He also has just enough speed to make his way down the seam for big gains whether in a three-point stance or lined up on the hash.”
It is going to be interesting to see if Scheu can continue to produce and get noticed in one of college football’s toughest conferences, but if he does, draft season could be a great ride for him.
Vanderbilt begins their 2015 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 3 against Western Kentucky in Nashville.
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