2021 NFL Draft Profile: Ben Skowronek

Ben Skowronek 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’2.7
Weight: 220 lbs
School: University of Notre Dame

Pro Day Stats

Hand: 10 1/8
Arm: 33 1/4
Wingspan: 78 1/8
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 13

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Ben Skowronek 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Overview

Ben Skowronek was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he attended Homestead High School where he played wide receiver, safety, and was a punt/kick returner. He achieved the Homestead High School record with 133 receptions of 2,181 yards with 26 touchdowns. As a safety, Skowronek completed 52 tackles, three for losses, and three interceptions. He captained the Spartans to the 2015 Indiana 6A Sectional Championship. Skowronek received AP All-State, IFCA All-State, three-time First Team All-Conference, three-time All-Area, two-time All-Northeast Indiana, two-time Fab15 Selection, and IFCA Top 50 Honors. He was the 2015 Indiana Mr. Football Positional Winner. 247Sports.com rated him three stars and 12th in the state. He also won the Indiana 4A Championship in basketball. State Skowronek committed to Northwestern University.

As a freshman, Skowronek completed eight receptions of 70 yards. Skowronek completed 45 receptions of 644 yards with five touchdowns and three tackles the following season. In his junior year, Skowronek had 45 receptions of 562 yards with three touchdowns and two tackles. As a senior, Skowronek completed 12 receptions of 141 yards with one tackle before transferring to the University of Notre Dame. In his graduate year, Skowronek completed 29 receptions of 439 yards with five touchdowns. Additionally, he had two carries of 17 yards with one touchdown and two solo tackles.

Strengths

  • He was team captain in high school and college
  • Has good size and uses it effectively in contested catches
  • Very effective blocker with his strength/Plays like a tight end at times
  • Intelligent player who makes smart plays
  • Has good reach and length to catch passes

Weaknesses

  • Suffered a Jones fracture in his foot/Couldn’t do most of the testing at his Pro Day
  • Lacks speed and athleticism usually seen in receivers
  • How will his skills translate to the NFL against bigger bodies?
  • Questionable verticle leaping ability/Lacks mobility
  • Plays like a tight end at times/Should be in a different position

Player Comparison: Jacob Hollister

Teams With Need At Position: Chicago BearsPhiladelphia EaglesCincinnati BengalsMiami DolphinsCleveland Browns

Draft Projection: Seventh Round

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Bottom Line on Ben Skowronek

The biggest question mark surrounding is how will his current abilities translate to the NFL level. He is a large receiver that plays like a tight end, which is both good and bad. His blocking is tremendous, as is his usage of his size and strength to over powerful smaller defenders for contested catches. However, he suffers from a lack of speed, mobility, and athleticism. That isn’t helped by a Jones foot fracture he endured. Skowronek’s potential may be untapped as a blocking tight end if a team is willing to switch him. If he stays as a receiver; however, he caps off as a late-round selection that will be used as a special teams fixture.

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