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High-energy Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad drawing NFL attention

C.J. Conrad
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He’s expected to be a big part of Kentucky’s offense in 2017, and tight end C.J. Conrad is now working his way onto the radar of scouts around the NFL.

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein highlighted the Wildcats senior as one of his top-eight tight ends to watch for the coming college football season.

One major reason for Zierlein’s placement of Conrad is due to how he fared last season against players like first-round pick Jonathan Allen – who won the Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Nagurski Trophy – when Kentucky played Alabama.

That goes along with what Zierlein calls Conrad’s “elevated sense of energy and abandon.”

In 2016, Conrad caught 19 passes for 262 yards and four touchdowns, while helping pave the way for running backs Benny Snell Jr. and Boom Williams in the Wildcats’ run-heavy offensive scheme.

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