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I like his size. We actually need a backup TE and maybe this guy being the athlete they say he pushes Shockey to be better? Decent pick for a 5th rounder, considering it was a need.

I kinda over reacted to the pick because I thought Crosby was ours for the taking. After reading up on him, it sounds like Shockey definetly does have something to worry about.

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Kevin Boss

Height: 6-6

Weight: 257

Position: Tight End

College: Western Oregon


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While the average college football fan might not recognize his name, pro scouts are well aware of Boss' pass-catching ability. He is a huge target for the short-area passing game and has proven to be one of the most sure-handed receivers at his position eligible in this year's draft. Many experts say that his clutch receiving skills remind them of former Oakland Raiders standout Dave Casper.


Before enrolling at Western Oregon, Boss was a standout tight end during his three seasons with the varsity at Philomath High School. He was an honorable mention All-State Class 3A choice as a senior, adding first-team All-ValCo League accolades. He was a second-team All-League choice as a tight end and defensive end during his junior year.


He also played in the East-West Shrine Game in Baker.


Boss lettered three times in basketball as a center. He led the team to the state title in 2002, picking up honorable mention All-State and All-League first-team accolades as a senior. During his junior season, Boss was awarded second-team All-League honors.


He enrolled at Western Oregon in 2002, spending the season as a redshirt on the scout team. He earned a starting job at tight end in 2003, appearing in the team's first six games before missing the final four while battling mononucleosis. He earned second-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors, as he made nine catches for 60 yards (6.7 avg) and one touchdown. He also recovered a fumble.


In 2004, Boss contributed as a multi-sport athlete for the Wolves. The first-team All-GNAC and All-Region tight end started all 10 games, registering 39 catches for 506 yards (13.0 avg) and five touchdowns. On the basketball court, he averaged 2.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in 26 games.


Boss continued to compete in both sports during the 2005 season. He started 11 games at tight end, picking up first-team All-American, All-Region and All-GNAC honors. He finished second on the team with a career-high 53 receptions for 621 yards (11.7 avg) and eight touchdowns. He also returned one punt for 13 yards, recorded four solo tackles and recovered one fumble. In 27 games with the basketball team, Boss averaged 3.5 points per game, pulled down 90 rebounds and led the Wolves with 17 blocked shots.


Boss' senior season was cut short by a shoulder injury, ending after six games. He still earned d2football.com All-American honors with 33 catches for 403 yards and five touchdowns.



Positives: Has a solidly-built frame with room to add at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness … Has very well-defined muscles, good bubble, thick thighs and calves, good arm length and large hands … Comes off the line with his pads low and hands extended to jolt and shock the defender to get a clean release off the jam … Demonstrates the hand/eye coordination and natural hands to look the ball in and the leaping ability to get to the throw at its high point … Looks very fluid with good balance throughout his route progression and is quick to uncover … Can separate in the short area and has the valid speed to elude second-level defenders and threaten the secondary … Despite his size, he is slippery enough to avoid the jam and has the hip snap to side-step linebackers trying to reroute him … Won't explode off the line, but has the valid speed to gobble up the cushion and surprise the lethargic safety when challenging the deep zone … Uses his size well to shade defenders and does a very nice job of adjusting his routes to set up the defender … By being a long strider, he doesn't appear fast at first coming off the line, but he will surprise a defender when he builds to top acceleration to ride up on his opponent … Flashes the ability to defeat the jam with his feet and maintains his acceleration throughout the routes … Good at uncovering coming off the line and shows the lateral range to escape and get up field. He can also reach and seal a nine-tech … Has the ability to leverage and weave, stick his feet in the ground and create separation by using his power and frame … Shows the power to break tackles and the stride to separate after the catch … His separation quickness turns defenders out of their backpedal too early and his leg drive is evident when he maintains balance and bounces off when he makes the initial collision with his opponent … Demonstrates good awareness of the sticks and good balance running down the sidelines … Able to maintain position parking over the middle of the field and uses his arms well to get a good push off the defender while maintaining eye contact on the ball in flight … Physical receiver with enough strength to out-battle the defender for the ball and does a good job of looking the ball in over his outside shoulder … Does a fine job of adjusting and contorting his frame to get to the off-target throws and has the balance to maintain his stride when turning up field after the catch … Alert to coverages and has the awareness to locate open lanes … Has made great strides in timing his leap to get to the ball at its highest point and turn suddenly to run with the ball after the catch, thanks largely to his above average balance … Shows proper arm extension to reach for the ball at its high point and the soft hands to look the ball in away from his frame … Shows the leg drive to consistently break tackles … With his size and power, he is simply too much to tackle in one-on-one situations … Lowers his pads and squares his shoulders well to simply obliterate the smaller defensive backs that dare to get in his way.


Negatives: Shoulder injury that ended 2006 season after six games requires further medical evaluation. Does well in school and is a minimal reps type, but because of time away playing basketball, he still needs to learn the intricacies of the game … More of a power-oriented type rather than one who will explode off the ball, but he uses his hands effectively to escape the jam … Has very good timed speed for his position, but you would want to see him use it to explode off the line more often … Shows crisp plant-and-drive agility to come out of his breaks cleanly, but has not had enough coaching in proper route running … Needs to be more precise with his cuts (takes some soft angle ones), but is very effective on outs and crossing patterns … Will sometimes run into spots in the zone, but generally knows where to settle … Generates a strong hand punch to avoid the jam, but needs to work on better hand placement when blocking in-line (short arms at times) … Takes some soft angle cuts, making him late at times when asked to neutralize a linebacker up field … Also needs to work on improving his foot technique when trying to sustain.



2003: Suffered a right fibula fracture in April camp, but was fully recovered by the start of the season … Sat out the final four games of the season vs. Western New Mexico, Central Washington, Humboldt State and Western Washington games due to mononucleosis.


2006: Suffered a deep left thigh bruise during April camp that prevented him from running on Pro Day … Sat out the final four games vs. Southern Oregon, Western Washington, Dixie State and Humboldt State after he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder making a catch late in the Central Washington game. Underwent surgery several days later.


2006: Senior season ended after just six games with a shoulder injury.

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I like his size. We actually need a backup TE and maybe this guy being the athlete they say he pushes Shockey to be better? Decent pick for a 5th rounder, considering it was a need.


Exactly. Besides, shockey doens't play 16 games each year.

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im thinking back to last years draft when in the third round you didnt know who gerris wilkinson was so you guys ensued to be pissed off.


give it some time. boss needs to get some weight, but has nice potential for a 5th rounder.


im hoping walker slides to 224... something must be wrong with him if hes fallen that low.


maybe the NFL has figured out that notre dame prospects are very overrated.

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