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2018 NFL Draft Player Profiles: FIU TE Pharoah McKever

With the draft over and our profiles on all seven of the Pittsburgh Steelers draft picks complete, we’re dipping our toe into the undrafted territory. We profiled a couple of them before the draft but most of the 13, we didn’t. Next up on the docket, TE Pharoah McKever.

#88 Pharoah McKever/TE Florida International – 6’6/1 259

The Good

– Excellent frame and length, towers over most players and a unique build
– Willing blocker whose frame helps create space in the run game
– Experience in pass protection and did a serviceable job at it
– Most often lined up as an in-line tight end out of a three-point stance, not foreign to him
– Big catch radius and hands catcher who makes grabs away from his frame
– Shows toughness and willingness to come over the middle and make catches in traffic
– Size makes it tough to bring him down one-on-one, minor YAC ability the few times he’s gotten in the open field
– Relatively new to the position, room to grow

The Bad

– Limited route tree, most concepts were underneath, haven’t seen him be able to stretch the field
– Too tall in his routes and struggles to beat press coverage
– Unrefined as a blocker, needs to keep eyes up, square to block and narrow his base a bit
– Doesn’t seem to have a great feel for getting open beyond the structure of the play, has to be more active running away from man and finding soft spots in coverage
– Wasn’t much of an impact player with limited college production


– One-year starter at FIU after transferring from NC State
– Career: 28 catches, 383 yards 4 TDs (27/301/3 line at FIU)
– Ran a 4.