Is Taylor Lee the next top tight end to come out of Cincinnati (OH) Elder High School?
Lee will have a chance to answer that question this fall as he gets extended snaps for the Panthers.
High School Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio)
HT 6-6 | WT 200 lbs.
Position Tight End
Lee is more polished in his passing catching skills at this stage of his development. While the tools are there to be a complete tight end, he’s more of a flex tight end at this stage of his career. Lee comes off the line quickly and can be used in the short, medium and deep pass game.
At this time Lee does a great job of snatching the ball catching it outside of the framework of his body and shows above average speed and quickness to gain yards after the catch.
At 200-pounds, Lee needs to add bulk to his 6-foot-6 frame. This should come in time but could be hampered as Lee also plays basketball making it harder to keep weight on. One thing we know about players out of Elder High School is they have been taught solid fundamentals and technique.
Lee will need to become a better blocker as he continues his development, but all the tools are there as he uses a flat back, gets his pad level low, and is a natural bender.
Elder High School has produced a couple of quality tight ends in the past several years as Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame / Minnesota Vikings) and Alex Welch (Notre Dame) both came out of the Panthers program. Lee could very well be the next one to come out of the Southwest Ohio program in the 2014 recruiting class.
This fall should allow Lee a chance to show his abilities and it would not be a surprise if he starts adding offer early in the process if he continues to show the skill set we saw during our evaluation.