May 22, 2024

School: Ohio State University | Conference: Big Ten

College Experience: Redshirt Senior | Draft Age: 24 (Week 1)

Height / Weight: 6’4” / 247 lbs

Projected Draft Status: 3rd-4th round

Player Comparison: Jake Ferguson / Dawson Knox / Jared Cook

College Statistics

Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2019 Ohio State Big Ten FR LB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2020 Ohio State Big Ten FR TE 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2021 Ohio State Big Ten SO TE 13 5 76 15.2 0 0 0 0 5 76 15.2 0
*2022 Ohio State Big Ten SR 13 36 406 11.3 5 0 0 0 36 406 11.3 5
*2023 Ohio State Big Ten SR TE 12 41 576 14.0 5 0 0 0 41 576 14.0 5
Career Ohio State 82 1058 12.9 10 0 0 0 82 1058 12.9 10
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 4/15/2024.

Player Overview

A two-sport athlete coming out of high school, Cade Stover played his entire career at Ohio State University. Cade redshirted his first season and played a dual role at tight end and linebacker in 2020 and 2021. He became a full-time starter at tight end in 2022, totaling 36 receptions, 406 yards, and 5 TDs, and earning Honorable Mention All-Big Ten Conference honors. He improved in his senior season, totaling career highs in receptions and receiving yards (41 rec., 576 rec. yards, 5 TDs). Cade earned Second Team All-Big Ten Conference honors and was a finalist for the John Mackey Award for the nation’s best tight end.

Cade Stover is a receiving tight end that can be a reliable outlet target on Week 1. He was able to find a role in an elite aerial offense with players like Marvin Harrison Jr. He still needs to develop as a blocker to be an every down starter which can come with coaching. He projects to be a Y tight end that is playable now with room to grow.

Strengths

  • Good speed for the position. Can get separation.
  • Good frame to build more strength upon.
  • Has run-after-the-catch ability.
  • He makes himself a big target and has good sticky hands. Catching well in traffic.
  • Strong enough to move defenders when he gets attached.
  • His athleticism shows during his footwork and catch adjustments.

Weaknesses

  • Clunky starts when running routes.
  • Looks a bit uncomfortable running through traffic.
  • Needs to be a more willing blocker and drive his feet.
  • Needs to improve blocking technique.

Let’s See His Work

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