Route Tree - He's not going to create any headaches for defenders with his work up the seam or for athletic safeties and linebackers. He's found more success leaking into the flats or delayed releases that create natural voids for him to work into. Isn't going to be a threat into deeper portions of the field.
Hands - He's got pretty consistent mitts. He does well in congested areas to ensure he's cradling the football and haven't seen him get eaten up by throws that come in hot. His catch radius is limited by some stiffness and modest length but he's effective in anything that touches his hands.
Versatility - In-line work is translatable, he should have a role based on stereotypical in-line tight end. Old school coaches will love him — put his hand in the dirt and let him chop it up as a blocker. He's not going to stretch the field and he's not going to win contested one on one battles with consistency.
Contested Catch Ability - He doesn't really have the elevations skills, body control or length to high point or erase coverage in the red area. If he's got a ball drilled into his gut, he'll have the ability to finish the catch and shield the ball but that is predicated on favorable positioning and square to the throw.
RAC Ability - Unimaginative. He's a fairly straight line runner and his field vision and cuts aren't anything to write home about. He's got good contact balance to absorb a lazy hit or high challenge and press through for some extra yardage. Long speed is pedestrian and won't win many foot races to the end zone.
Power at POA - He's stacked up pretty well and has some reps that really flash promise as a blocker. That said, he needs more consistency with urgency out of his stance and punch placement to help him really bring him along with consistency resetting the line of scrimmage.
Competitive Toughness - He's a hard worker. Tasked with a lot of dirty work and effort never seems to lag even if he's not really involved in the passing game or touching the football. His functional strength is in a good place to ensure he can contribute as a POA blocker and hold ground vs. DEs.
Flexibility - Doesn't inspire with his lower half as a route runner. He's pretty modest with his skills in driving or redirecting his momentum with suddenness or when he's forced to drive off hard angles — hips stay fairly high and prevent him from creating suddenness as a route runner at the top of stems.
Balance - Lapses in balance seem to come with irregular footwork or allowing himself to get out over the top of his toes. When he's well framed, he shows necessary mobility and has room for improvement to remain an asset and stay sticky on his blocks.
Football IQ - He's pretty vanilla with a lot of the subtleties of route running and as a result he's not an imposing assignment in man to man coverage given his athletic abilities. Room for improvements with hand placement and footwork to frame and sustain blocks but he's much further along as a blocker than receiver.
Best Trait - Hands
Worst Trait - Explosiveness
Best Film - Notre Dame (2019)
Worst Film - Florida (2019)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Jared Pinkney projects as a viable TE2 on an NFL roster. Pinkney is fairly reliable as a blocker and his ability to collapse the edge or turn out defensive ends will come in valuable to teams looking to implement heavy personnel on a consistent basis. Pinkney's lack of explosiveness will pose issues as he looks to create separation at the next level and as a result he's going to be more of a zone beater in shallow spaces as a check down option. Viable role player for the long run.