Steelers Select TE Rob Blanchflower in the Seventh Round

ROB BLANCHFLOWERTight EndUniversity of Massachusetts Minutemen6-4, 256Leominster, MassachusettsSt. John's High School7th Round – 230th Overall


Photos of Seventh-Round Draft Pick tight end Rob Blanchflower from Massachusetts.

Blanchflower started 27 of 38 games for Massachusetts, catching 109 passes for 1,164 yards (10.68 ypc) and nine touchdowns…Since UMass moved to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, he gained 77 yards on 70 receptions with five touchdowns in 16 contests…His 1,164 yards broke Hall of Famer Milt Morin's UMass record for receiving yards by a tight end and rank 15th on the school's overall record chart…Also ranks eighth on the overall record list with 109 receptions.

Blanchflower maintained a veteran leadership role with the team during the course of the season as captain and was awarded the Vern Smith Leadership Award…A member of the Mackey Award Watch List and one of UMass' highly rated NFL draft prospects, Blanchflower ranked second on the team with 27 receptions for 313 yards (11.59 ypc) and three touchdowns…Hauled in seven catches for 42 yards in his 2013 debut, vs. Vanderbilt…Led all receivers with 98 yards on five receptions while recording the eventual game-winning touchdown as UMass defeated Miami (Ohio), 17-10. His 47-yard scoring grab vs. the RedHawks stands as the longest reception of the redshirt-senior's career and pushed Blanchflower over 1,000 career receiving yards...Hauled in seven passes totaling a single-game career-high 131 yards while securing one touchdown vs. Western Michigan...Passed All-American Kerry Taylor for second all-time in receiving yards by a tight end at UMass vs. the Broncos, ending the game with 1,138 as a Minuteman...Vs. Akron, he caught five passes for 26 yards and a touchdown, becoming the all-time UMass leader in receiving yards by a tight end vs. the Zips. On his record-breaking grab, the pass from quarterback A.J. Doyle was a little high, but the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Blanchflower used his size and athleticism to make a leaping grab for a 9-yard gain and a UMass first down. That catch eventually led to a Minutemen field goal, the first points of the game in UMass' 14-13 loss to the Zips.

Blanchflower was named All-Mid American Conference second-team by The NFL Draft Report during UMass' first season in the league and as an official member of the NCAA FBS ranks…Started 10 games…Finished second on the team with a career-high 43 receptions for 464 yards (10.79 ypc), as he reached the end zone twice…Hauled in five passes for 50 yards, including a 20-yard grab, at Miami (Ohio)...Made five receptions for 80 yards vs. Ohio University…Helped UMass to its first win as an FBS program with six grabs totaling 64 yards at Akron...Produced 44 yards and a touchdown on four catches vs. Buffalo...Registered 10 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown vs. Central Michigan, earning him UMass Athlete of the Week honors.

Blanchflower appeared in 11 games, starting at tight end vs. Richmond and in seven other contests as the HBack… Totaled 208 yards with a touchdown on 18 catches (11.56 ypc)…Had two receptions vs. James Madison, one of which went for a touchdown, and finished with a season-high 37 yards...Logged two catches at Delaware for 31 yards...Made a season-high three catches vs. Central Connecticut for a total of 34 yards.

The red-shirt freshman played all 11 games with four starts, making 21 catches for 179 yards (8.52 ypc) and three touchdowns...Caught a five-yard touchdown as part of three catches for 11 yards vs. Delaware and pulled in five catches for 61 yards, with a 22 yard long reception vs. Maine...Posted four catches for 23 yards at James Madison and made three catches for 31 yards vs. New Hampshire in Colonial Clash, scoring his second-career touchdown as he fell on a fumble in the end zone for a score…Pulled in three tosses for 17 yards at Holy Cross, scoring his first-career touchdown on a 3-yard reception.

Blanchflower red-shirted during the season and worked with the scout team as a tight end.

Blanchflower attended St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, playing football for head coach John Andreoli...Lettered four times in football…The senior captain played defensive end and tight end…Named to the All-State Super-26 Football Team while also earning Central Mass Division I North Defensive co-MVP and Telegram & Gazette Super Team All-Star honors as a senior…Finished the 2008 season with 32 tackles and eight sacks on defense while adding two touchdowns on 110 receiving yards on offense…Graduated as an honor roll student.

Blanchflower is majoring in Communications...Son of Elizabeth and Robert Blanchflower... Born 6/08/90…Resides in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Tight Ends Coach James Daniel RE 7th Round Pick Rob Blanchflower

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James Daniel: **We drafted Rob Blanchflower with our seventh-round pick. Rob was a guy who we had targeted. We brought him in for a visit, and I spent a lot of time getting to know him. I think he's got a chance to be helpful for us being a part of this football team.

What does he do well that caught your eye?

He has a high level of aggression. He's a two-phase guy, which is different than a lot of the guys you have coming at you right now. We look for guys that are either going to be run blockers or they're going to be pass receivers. He's adept at both of them so that is something that interests us in him. He's playing in a multiple formation offense so that gave us a chance to look at him in a lot of things.

Does he have a nasty little attitude when he plays?

Somewhat. That's usually what attracts me to them, so yes.

You kept four tight ends on the roster last year. Is that the number you're going to keep this year?

I would think that would be the decision that they would make, but that will probably depend on some of the other positions. We had four guys last year, but two of them were carrying a heavy load on special teams. That is what I try to emphasize on guys, for a tight end the number of reps that you're going to get. The first two are going to get a lot of them and if three and four can do some things for the special teams that helps their chances of making the football team.

Did Rob play any special teams at UMass?

He did a little bit of it, but he played all year with some factors that probably kept him from being a special teams guy. I think he's special teams capable though.

Did he play with injuries in college?

He had sports hernia surgery after the season, so he played with some muscle problems during the season.

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