Patriots.com will offer capsule looks at all 10 members of the Patriots draft class over the next several days. Today we look at third-round tight end Devin Asiasi.
Devin Asiasi: 3rd round, 91st overall
Weight: 257 lbs
Hometown: Shoreview, California
Strengths: Moves well for size. … Big-play TE with the ability to get up the seam. … Works well against zone coverages. … Shows ability to run solid routes and creates separation with his breaks. … Excellent run-after-catch ability. … Can be used as an in-line tight end as well as flexed into the slot. … Exceptional athlete who is on the rise after a solid 2019 season.
Weaknesses: Has dealt with issues with his weight, tipping the scales at close to 280 pounds at times. … Needs refinement in his blocking technique. … Needs to be stronger at the point of attack. … Only had one season of significant production in college after transferring to UCLA from Michigan. … Could improve his ability to fight through contact for contested catches. … Suspended for three games in 2018 for violating team rules.
Personal: Full name is Devin Timothy Soane Asiasi. … Has three brothers (Simon, D.J. and Bubba) and three sisters (Savannah, Nevaeh and Nyana). … Began collegiate career at Michigan, playing in 13 games in 2016 before transferring to UCLA. … Majored in sociology at UCLA. … Lettered in football and basketball at De La Salle (Concord, California) High School. Also played defensive line in high school, recording 9 sacks over his final two seasons. … Was a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and was invited to 2016 U.S. Army All-America Game. … Twitter handle is @ASI2X
Comparable NFL player: Alge Crumpler, TE, Retired – Another deceptively mobile player for his size, Crumpler played 10 seasons including his final one with the Patriots in 2010.
View photos of Patriots TE Devin Asiasi in action during his time at UCLA.
BY THE NUMBERS
|2017||Did not play – Transferred from Michigan|
|ASIASI||COMBINE AVG. FOR POS.|
DNP = Did Not Participate in Drill
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING....
The Patriots grab a big-bodied pass catcher with soft hands and sneaky athleticism. Asiasi could slide into the TE1 role as a young player with outstanding talent and potential. – NFL.com's Bucky Brooks