After a stellar career serving as a fixture in the 'Noles offensive attack, Nick O'leary heads to Buffalo in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Another Consensus All-American from FSU, O'Leary finished second on the Noles in receptions (48), receiving yards (618), and touchdown receptions (6).
He finished as Florida State's all-time leader in the three previously mentioned categories at the tight end position. The throwback weapon isn't the most fluid route runner, but has enough mobility and strength to separate from a defender. His 4.93 40-yard dash time at the Combine didn't captivate scouts, but his 21 reps on the bench press exhibited the power in his 6'3, 247-pound frame.
He compares favorably to Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek. O'Leary isn't the most athletic, fluid or talented tight end, but similarly to Celek, he can serve as a dependable blocker and pass catcher on the line of scrimmage. He projects as an H-back at the next level.
I really like Nick O'Leary on the move. TE, H-back, fullback...whatever. He can play.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 22, 2015
The grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus, O'Leary should give Buffalo a fail-safe solution as an asset for E.J. Manuel and the Bills. He also teams with cornerback Ronald Darby and running back Karlos Williams as FSU selections for the Bills in the 2015 NFL Draft.