Growing up with a Julius Peppers poster on his bedroom wall, Saubert fell in love with the game of football in high school. The baseball diamond was frequented most by Saubert prior to falling in love with the game of football upon his arrival in high school. His parents where tall and Saubert inherited their size from an early age and played basketball as well.
Saubert began to draw serious attention from NFL teams after the conclusion of his junior season at Drake. He was named to the FSC ADA All-American team recording 506 receiving yards on 48 catches and six touchdowns. The breakout performance helped place Saubert on the NFL's radar which helped him gain invites to both the East-West Shrine Game and Reese's Senior Bowl.
His all-star invites where the result of his fantastic senior season. Saubert tallied 56 catches for 776 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, which ranked 19th overall in the nation. He ranked among tight ends with 70.5 receiving yards per game. Saubert finished as a three-time first team All-Pioneer Conference tight end at Drake had at least one catch for 20-yards or more in seven of his eleven games during his final year for the Bulldogs.
STRENGTHS: He proved at the East-West Shrine Game which led to his Reese's Senior Bowl invite that he is one of the purest pass catching tight ends in the country. He is a big guy (6-4, 247) with over an 80-inch wingspan and big soft 10-inch hands. His athleticism is pretty impressive where he run crisp routes and loves the high point and football. He is a savvy route runner who knows how to use his long arms to gain separation. Saubert repeatedly hauled in difficult catches during his all-star practices against some of the nation's top defensive players, a gigantic plus for a FSC prospect. Quietly competitive, he is able to out run linebackers and out size defensive backs. Great leaping ability and relishes the opportunity to climb the ladder to retrieve the football.
WEAKNESSES: He lacks the initial bulk to be effective on the line of scrimmage. Looks more like a converted receiver than tight end and has faced lesser competition. Is still a bit raw and may require a longer period to adjust to the pro game as a rookie in the NFL. Noticed his tendency to rise out of his stance and play to tall. A bit-tight hipped and can be exposed blocking in space. Team's may view him as one dimensional.
IN OUR VIEW: Saubert helped himself tremendously after his final collegiate game against Stetson where he finished with four catches for 131 receiving yards and two scores. He carried that hot streak into the two all-star games he played in and made an impact impression on NFL Scouting departments. Long and very athletic he is one of the best receiving tight ends in the available in late April. He showed the willingness to block by getting the best of Northern Iowa defensive end Karter Schult at the East-West Shrine Game on more than one occasion.
COMPARES TO: Erik Swoope, Indianapolis: There is no hiding why the Colts showed interest in Swoope and that is because he is an oversized very athletic receiver in a tight end body that can stretch the defense. Those are the exact traits that make Saubert the desired commodity he currently is in NFL circles. Saubert's best chance to thrive in the NFL will be with a patient team aiming to develop his extremely raw talent.