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A CLOSER LOOK: Tight end Isaac Nauta

Player: Tight end Isaac Nauta, Georgia

Pick: Round 7, 224 overall

Ht.Wt.: 6-3, 244

Workout results: Combine time of 4.91 in the 40; 19 reps in the bench press; 28-inch vertical jump.

Bio: A three-year player who never quite lived up to his billing as a top high school recruit. A three-year player for the Bulldogs who started and finished strong, with a dip in the middle: 29 catches, three TDs as a freshman; nine catches, one TD as a sophomore; 30 catches, 24.3 yards per catch and three TDs in 2018.

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Analyst take – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: “With his play speed, ability to maintain separation and ready-steady hands, Nauta fits the mold of a ‘matchup tight end' with the ability to factor in on all three levels.”

Mike O’Hara’s take: Projected as a mid-round pick, this is a bargain pick in the seventh round. He’ll compete for the No. 3 tight end. Should be one of the most interesting position battles of the year.

Tim Twentyman’s take: Nauta was productive at a big-time SEC program this past season. He shows more ability to separate from defenders and make plays in the passing game than his Combine 40 time might indicate. Though he’s undersized a bit (6-3, 244), he’s shown the ability to block the edge in the run game, and will have an opportunity to win a job as the team’s third tight end behind T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James.

Tight end depth chart: Returning are 2017 fourth-round draft pick Michael Roberts and Jerome Cunningham. Added in the offseason as free agents were Jesse James and Logan Thomas.

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