2016 Season Countdown: #71 Sean McKeon

2016 Season Countdown: #71 Sean McKeon


June 28, 2016

Sean McKeon (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Sean McKeon
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 240 lbs.
High school: Dudley (MA) Shepherd
Position: Tight end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #84
Last year: McKeon was a senior in high school (LINK). He caught 23 passes for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Final TTB Rating: 
77

McKeon was a pretty good tight end in Massachusetts, a place that isn’t known for football. He was in a run-heavy offense, so he didn’t get a lot of chances to shine. But at about 6’5″, 230 lbs., he could line up at tight end, wide receiver, defensive end, or outside linebacker and succeed. He enrolled early in January and looked pretty good, though not quite as smooth and athletic as some of the other options.

I dropped McKeon down from a TTB Rating of 83 to 77, mostly because of other tight ends who signed with Michigan in February. I think Devin Asiasi will probably play this fall, along with all the tight ends who return from last year. A.J. Williams graduated, but redshirt freshman Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. might fill that role as a blocking tight end. Toss in position changer Zach Gentry, and it’s a very crowded position. I don’t see much of a need for McKeon to play this fall, but he has a decent skill set, some spring experience, and a coaching staff dedicated to using a lot of tight ends.

Prediction: Backup tight end

3 comments

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    peterfumo
    Jun 29, 2016 at 5:40 AM

    When I think about the plethora of tight ends, I always forget about Zach Gentry due to the position switch. How are they ever going to get all the talented TEs on the field over next couple of years? Seems like there are going to be some transfers?

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Jun 29, 2016 at 1:22 PM

      I actually think WR is more likely to have transfers. Between U-TE, Y-TE, and H-back there’s a ton of opportunity to play multiple TE-types in this offense. What you rarely see is 4 WR sets (compared to other teams). And in general TEs are as in it for the glory as WRs are.

  2. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Jun 29, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    McKeon is getting some hype as a potential contributor. With Williams gone there is an open opportunity, but Wheatley and others would appear to be ahead. Not only that, but H-backs like Poggi and Hill can take snaps from the position, performing a similar role in the offense.

    Blocking TE is like another OL position – where there is real value in a red-shirt. The EE status may undermine it, but I hope McKeon gets a year to get bigger and stronger. Michigan will have a lot of snaps to replace when Butt departs for the NFL.

    Agree with the ranking but it might even be a little high as we transition from the “no way in hell he matters” to the “if feasible injuries happen, he might” part of the countdown.

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