DavidSeven wrote:Maybe they actually determine this based on actual skill and ability to play the TE position? Many TEs are glorified WRs these days -- just big dudes who line up wide and never block. Is there any doubt that many pro scouts probably consider ASJ the most talented pure TE in the upcoming draft? The thing that interests me is that this award is voted on by a selection committee versus the newspaper guys who are sold on nothing but stats. I can see that kind of group voting based on who they "feel" is the best TE rather than the one who had the most receptions on paper.
A good point. The Mackey Award does list the following as criteria:
"For John Mackey Award (JMA) and Watch List consideration a player should be a “true tight end” in the style of John Mackey, play on the interior line with blocking responsibilities and possess the potential to play tight end on the professional level."
ASJ didn't have a great year receiving, but he was a pretty big part of blocking in the run game. I thought he did a great job blocking as TE.