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‘Smooth’ Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby getting NFL notice

DeAndre Goolsby
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As fans’ eyes focus on wide receiver Antonio Callaway, NFL scouts also will be watching another Florida pass catcher in 2017.

NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein named Gators senior DeAndre Goolsby as one of his tight ends to watch for the coming season. The list doesn’t necessarily attempt to rank the best athletes at a position, but notes players who are getting the attention of personnel evaluators around the NFL.

Zierlein described Goolsby (6 feet 4, 244 pounds) as a “very natural athlete with easy, smooth movement skills.” He has work to do as a blocker, but his receiving skills stand out during this pass-happy phase of football.

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“He might lack the aggressiveness and size to be considered as an in-line blocker, but that’s not what is going to get him drafted anyway,” Zierlein wrote.

Goolsby arrived at Florida as a three-star recruit from Derby (Kan.) High, in the Wichita suburbs.

During his junior season, Goolsby caught 38 passes for 342 yards as the team shuffled through quarterbacks Luke Del Rio and Austin Appleby. He’s likely to have a significant role in the offense this year as well, whether it’s Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire or redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks throwing the passes.

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