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I was watching Boettger's senior highlight tape, and I think he looks at least as good on defense as he does on offense. What do you guys think of him as a defensive prospect?
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He's definitely got the size and frame to eventually play defensive end if that's where he fits best. My understanding, though, is that he's still a work in progress in terms of getting used to playing in the trenches. I like his potential as a sure-handed, athletic tight end in the passing game. But it may take some time before he can adequately block and/or play defensive end at the B1G level. Not a knock on him at all, as that's a big change from quarterback, where he spent most of his high school career.
Definitely agree about his frame. You can teach footwork, hand fighting, leverage, and you can work in the weight room to build size, strength, and speed. But you absolutely cannot teach 6'6" and long limbed.
No question Boettger is a program guy that we probably won't talk much about until 3 years down the road when all of a sudden one spring he is competing for time at some position none of us expected.
I think it all really depends on how well he takes to the coaching at Iowa and how quickly he is able to not just learn, but implement what he needs to do. He's got the size that he could play this year, he just needs the coaching and maybe a little help with his explosiveness. With how loaded we are at TE, you may be right that he could be at a different position.
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