A standout basketball and football star at Benedictine, Roberts drew scholarship offers from ACC programs like Louisville and NC State before narrowing his college choice to Ohio and Toledo, initially choosing the Bobcats. However, the NCAA Clearinghouse ruled him academically ineligible for the 2012 season and Roberts decided to pay his way at Toledo as a grayshirt, joining the football team in January 2013. After barely seeing the field as a freshman and sophomore (four combined catches), Roberts earned his first start as a junior and posted 21 catches for 234 yards and four touchdowns in 2015. He had his best season as a senior with 16 receiving touchdowns, which ranked sixth-best in the FBS and tops among all tight ends (No. 2 tight end in touchdown grabs had only eight), finishing with 45 receptions for 533 yards to earn First Team All-MAC and various All-American honors.
A one-year starter at Toledo, Roberts lined up inline, wing and in the slot for the Rockets' offense and attracted NFL attention due to his productive senior season. He is a good-sized athlete with a basketball background and although he needs route refinement to create separation, Roberts has vacuum hands and natural ballskills to be a capable possession target. As a blocker, he has the power potential and effort, but still requires seasoning in this area. Although somewhat of a one-year wonder with a raw skill-set, Roberts is a big-framed target who can make his money as a red zone weapon.
STRENGTHS: Thickly-put-together body type and doesn't skip leg day. Massive mitts to swallow the football. Natural body control to locate, adjust and finish grabs away from his frame. Disguises his routes and uses smooth acceleration to be a deceiving catch-and-run weapon. Bodies up defenders and collisions at the catch point don't intimidate him. Productive in the red zone -- 10 catches, 10 touchdowns in 2016. Long arms and upper body strength to control the point of attack and seal run lanes. Pushed himself in the classroom after he was diagnosed with a learning disability in middle school. Record-breaking senior campaign with 16 touchdowns (Toledo record) -- his 45 catches rank second-best all-time by a tight end in school history.
WEAKNESSES: Lumbering athlete with only one speed and doesn't play with much burst to his game. Struggles to gear down at the top of routes and needs to sharpen his footwork at the stem to better square off patterns. Inconsistent route depth. Limited leaping skills and struggles to climb the ladder. Takes too long to gather and get his body turned to his quarterback. Needs to improve his reliability on 50-50 balls. Controls the point of attack, but won't consistently generate movement as a run blocker. Sloppy hand placement in the trenches.