Surgery Derails Seferian-Jenkins

Seferian-Jenkins (Matt Kartozian - USA Today Sport

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was challenging to be the No. 1 tight end in this year's draft before a stress fracture was found in his foot, could fill the Packers' void at the position.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins will need to let his tape do the talking.

Seferian-Jenkins, the John Mackey Award winner as the nation's top tight end, was in position to challenge Eric Ebron and Jace Amaro as the No. 1 tight end in this year's draft. Instead, a stress fracture found in his foot during his Scouting Combine medical exam silenced Seferian-Jenkins' ability to state his case. The injury required surgery. He said he'll be cleared on April 26, but he doesn't intend to work out for scouts before the draft begins on May 8.

"Yeah, definitely (frustrating)," Seferian-Jenkins told reporters, including Dawgman.com's Chris Fetters, during Washington's pro day on Wednesday. "You're working your tail off for 2-3 months, just grinding away, getting ready for that 40 — so infamous — and then you can't run it. Yeah, it's a little upsetting. But then I was like, ‘It's a 40-yard dash. If it's that big of a deal, then I didn't do enough.'" 

The Packers enter this draft with an obvious need at tight end. Seferian-Jenkins (6-5, 263), the most well-rounded of the "big three" prospects, might have been an option for Green Bay at No. 21.

Now, Seferian-Jenkins' draft stock is in a holding pattern. He doesn't think it will hurt his draft stock but, as one scout put it, "You don't draft a player on one foot in the first round."

The diagnosis came as a surprise. He said the foot was sore during the season but he "didn't think anything of it." After catching 69 passes for 852 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012, he caught 36 passes for 450 yards and eight scores in 2013.

"I don't really think (the injury hurt his position in the draft)," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I think every NFL team has asked, ‘When can you work out?' And they aren't talking about 40s or anything like that; they are just talking about catching the ball. They just want to see run and catch the ball. They just want me to be 100 percent and ready for them. Whatever team selects me, that I'm lucky enough to be selected by, I just want to be ready."


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