Ed "Pi Double I" Henderson
Player Bio: Dylan Stapleton prepped at Indiana High School in Indiana, PA. At Indiana High, he earned All-Conference as both as a wide receiver and defensive back three consecutive seasons. He was an all-around athlete who also received All-Conference on the hardwood floor and as a lacrosse player his final two years at Indiana High. Stapleton worked hard not only in the field but also in the classroom, earning himself on the Honor Roll. He would take his talent to Slippery Rock University, a Division II school in Pennsylvania. Stapleton played his first two years at Slippery Rock before transferring to James Madison University to reunite and team up with his older brother Riley Stapleton. He started eight games in his junior and his entire senior year. In our opinion, Stapleton played his best games in the FCS Playoffs, but nothing tops the tough catches he continued to make in the FCS Bowl Championship against NDSU, as he made six receptions for 66-yards. The Riley brothers accounted for 70% of the receiving production finishing the contest with 16 receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns. However, JMU would go on and lose the game 28-20 after quarterback Ben Di'Nucci threw a costly interception with 1st-and-goal at the three-yard line and eight seconds left to play in the game.
2020 NFF Hampshire Honor Society
2019 All-CAA Second-Team
2019 VaSID All-State First-Team
2019 Iron Dukes Award
2019 CAA Football Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll
2018 CAA Football Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll
SCHOOL: JAMES MADISON | CONFERENCE: CAAC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-5 / 245 ARMS: 34 1/4" HANDS: 9 1/2” PROJECTED 40-TIME: 4.80
BENCH | 40 YD DASH | VERTICAL JUMP | BROAD JUMP | 3 CONE DRILL | 20 YD SHUTTLE | 60 YD SHUTTLE
19 | 4.71 | 32" | 114" | 6.88 | 4.29 | N/A
#84 dylan stapleton senior highlights (2019)
Dylan Stapleton pro day route drills
In the video to the below, Dylan Stapleton films his mock pro day in a private workout running routes. We can see his strengths from sufficient speed once he gets going, good footwork, and his good and head shoulder fakes and not to forget or mention his excellent hands. Pass wide-receiver skill flashes when he sits down or makes his breaks and hauling in the passes. He will be a excellent fit for offenses that uses hybrid style tight ends in their offense.
On the negative side, he lacks an explosive first step off the line but makes it up later in his routes. The stiffness in the hips shows in his routes, and on the out routes, he rounds the route that will allow defensive breakups.
Strengths: An excellent cerebral player that understands the game and shows proper progressions with good speed. He has excellent and reliable hands that catch everything thrown in his catch radius. He is a fearless competitor who will make the unexpected tough catches in traffic. He is the ideal prototype of a receiving tightend; a quarterback looks for on third-down as a primary or secondary read. He can read the defenses and know precisely where to sit down or slide his route inside or outside the zone coverages. He has good footwork that works well for getting in and out of his cuts. He can create separation with head and shoulder fakes who can get open vertically in the seam. On the inline, he is an average blocker; nevertheless, he is more productive as a flexed tightend moving in space.
Weaknesses: He has the right size for an NFL Tight-end but needs to add more strength and power to his frame. He can be over-powered with a bull-rush by the stronger EDGE rusher or linebackers. He tends to caught above his pad level by the defender's hands to his chest, which stands him straight up. He will need to work on more immeasurable counter moves with his hands to relieve that pressure. He is a bit tight in the hips, and he lacks excellent mobility. He will need to run more precise routes. His out route is too rounded, which allows the defender to close-in and make a play against the ball.
Draft Grade: 5.50
Draft Projection: UDFA
NFL Comparison: Andrew Beck