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Nick O'Leary | Tight End

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/31/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 244

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Bills selected Florida State TE Nick O'Leary with the No. 194 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
O'Leary (6'3/252) was the 2014 Mackey Award winner as college football's top tight end, finishing his career with 114 catches for 1,591 yards (14.0 YPR) and 17 TDs. He was Jameis Winston's safety valve over the middle. O'Leary catches everything -- soft hands are his calling card -- but he is deficient from both a size and athleticism standpoint, measuring in with T-Rex arms (29 3/4") and running 4.93 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine. O'Leary can still be a useful NFL possession target, likely as an H-back or No. 2 tight end. He could develop into a complement to Charles Clay. May 2 - 4:26 PM

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ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Florida State TE Nick O'Leary "plays crazy" and "opponents can't stand him."

That said, teammates love O'Leary, according to the analyst. "As a blocker, he'll take on multiple guys per play and keep blocking even after the play is over," McShay wrote. "As a route runner, he'll fight through contact and has no problem with working the middle of the field. As a runner after the catch, he works hard for every yard and does a great job of protecting the football. There were so many times on tape when I'd see him barking at his opponent, both when he laid a big hit on somebody and when somebody laid a big hit on him." The 6-foot-3, 244-pound O'Leary, was named first-team AP All-American, first-team All-ACC and won the John Mackey Award for the nation's best tight end in 2014. O'Leary's 4.93 combine time in the forty was "disappointing," NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said. Colleague Daniel Jeremiah believes O'Leary is a fourth- or fifth-round value.
Apr 26 - 1:17 AM

Last Friday, Florida State TE Nick O'Leary worked out for reps from the Broncos, Patriots, Packers, Giants and Bills, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound O'Leary, was named first-team AP All-American, first-team All-ACC and won the John Mackey Award for the nation's best tight end in 2014. While O'Leary was productive at the collegiate level, he'll have to prove that his skill-set translates to the next level. The FSU prospect lacks the ideal size and strength as an inline TE in the NFL, but could be used as a H-back, with quality hands and willingness as a blocker.
Apr 21 - 2:17 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein observes that Florida State TE Nick O'Leary "has the competitive spirit and toughness that teams look for in a dual-threat tight end, but he lacks the physical traits."

"Based on how Florida State used him, he is an easy projection to an H-back spot where he should be an effective move-blocker and pass-catcher," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-3, 244-pound FSU prospect compares to James Casey, according to the analyst. O'Leary's 4.93 combine time in the forty was "disappointing," NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said. Colleague Daniel Jeremiah believes O'Leary is a fourth- or fifth-round value.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 7:43 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes FSU TE Nick O'Leary is a fourth- or fifth-round value.

He suggests O'Leary might be a fit for the Falcons in that area. "Catches everything, he's very instinctive," Jeremiah says. "Didn't run all that fast at the Combine, that doesn't bother me." Tight end was a waste for the Falcons after the team lost Tony Gonzalez to retirement. Expect the position to be targeted in free agency and the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 9:46 AM

Florida State TE Nick O'Leary's 4.93 clocking in the forty was "disappointing," NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said.

Mayock expected the 2014 Mackey Award (the nation's top college tight end) winner to run in the 4.7/4.75 range. "That's significantly slower than I expected," Mayock said of O'Leary's showing. O'Leary measures only 6-foot-3, 252 pounds, and he isn't much of a blocker, so his forty time is problematic to his stock. Fortunately, Mayock calls O'Leary a "natural hands catcher" and a good route runner. The question remains: Can he create separation from NFL defenders?
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 10:36 PM

Florida State TE Nick O'Leary will participate in the complete combine workout if his hamstring feels up to it.

"You may remember O’Leary hurt his hamstring during pre-game warm-ups at the Rose Bowl six weeks ago which forced him to take a different approach to combine training," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. O'Leary comes with durability and maturity questions. He missed a portion of spring practices last season after he was involved in a second major motorcycle accident. The NFL won't allow his bike career to continue.
Feb 19 - 8:14 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary has accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound FSU prospect has hauled in 47 catches for 614 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. O'Leary won the John Mackey Award in 2014, and was a semifinalist in 2013 after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. The FSU prospect is tied for seventh among tight ends in touchdowns, and is 10th and 11th in yards per game and receptions per game, respectively. Mel Kiper's No. 1 senior tight end is also the grandson of golf legend Jack Nichlaus.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 03:08:00 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary wins the Mackey Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top tight end.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound O’Leary has hauled in 47 catches for 614 yards and seven touchdowns this year. O'Leary was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. The FSU prospect is tied for seventh among tight ends in touchdowns, and is 10th and 11th in yards per game and receptions per game, respectively.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 04:02:00 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary will be a "nice addition for some NFL team next year as a mid-round pick," writes NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

O'Leary made three grabs for 97 yards and a touchdown versus Georgia Tech on Saturday. "He has a great feel for working in zones and really good hands," Jeremiah wrote. "We've seen the Ravens' Kyle Juszczyk show he can catch the ball as a fullback. I think O'Leary could play a similar role. He's a versatile player." O'Leary is a willing but not often successful blocker. He'll draw an NFL paycheck from his ability to catch the ball.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 10:55:00 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary had three receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 20-17 win over Boston College.

O'Leary, the grandson of golf legend Jack Nichlaus, was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. This season, he's posted 40 receptions for 465 yards and three scores during FSU's 11-0 start. O'Leary "lacks the bulk and brawn to regularly hold up as an in-line blocker at the next level, despite his aggressiveness and tenacity," ESPN's Steve Muench wrote last month. The senior, however, is a "a natural pass-catcher who can adjust to passes thrown outside his frame and absorb contact without dropping the ball."
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 06:57:00 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary "lacks the bulk and brawn to regularly hold up as an in-line blocker at the next level, despite his aggressiveness and tenacity," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He'll need to move around and match up with linebackers to be an effective blocker in the NFL," Muench wrote. "But teams that need help in the passing game should be able to overlook his deficiencies as a blocker." O'Leary, the grandson of golf legend Jack Nichlaus, was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. "Most tight ends lack the raw explosiveness to separate from athletic linebackers and safeties," Muench wrote. "But O'Leary moves well enough to challenge linebackers underneath, and in addition to throwing his weight around, he does a nice job of setting up his break working against defensive backs. His ability to locate and exploit seams in zone looks is also noteworthy. He's a natural pass-catcher who can adjust to passes thrown outside his frame and absorb contact without dropping the ball, despite having smaller hands."
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 07:24:00 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary had eight catches for 97 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 38-20 win over Syracuse.

It was easily the best game of his season so far. O'Leary was on the receiving end of a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston with 4:38 seconds left in the first half to give Florida State a 24-6 lead. After placing himself on the NFL radar with 33 catches for 557 yards and seven touchdowns last year, he's posted 23 catches for 275 yards and two touchdowns across six 2014 games. Mel Kiper's No. 1 senior tight end is also the grandson of golf legend Jack Nichlaus.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 02:52:00 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary caught five balls for 51 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win against The Citadel.

O'Leary snagged a 1-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston with 29 seconds left in the first half to give Florida State a 28-0 lead. While they played, Winston looked early and often to O'Leary and Rashad Greene, who finished with four catches for 80 yards. O'Leary, who missed spring practices after a second motorcycle accident resulted in a severe ankle injury, was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. ESPN's Todd McShay graded O'Leary (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) as the No. 3 TE prospect over the summer, behind consensus top prospect Devin Funchess and No. 2 Jeff Heuerman of Ohio State.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary "lacks ideal size and has just average top-end speed, so he may never be a huge vertical threat in the NFL," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay grades O'Leary (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) as the No. 3 TE prospect, behind consensus top prospect Devin Funchess and No. 2 Jeff Heuerman of Ohio State. "O'Leary is a very competitive player who does a good job as both a blocker and a receiver," McShay wrote. "He is a natural pass-catcher who can snatch the ball away from his frame and shows good body control on 50-50 balls. He is quick off the line, has good route running skills and is effective running after the catch." O'Leary, who missed spring practices after a second motorcycle accident resulted in a severe ankle injury, was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 05:40:00 PM