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Diamond Talk: Ben Bartch, OT, Saint John’s University | A former TE catching the eye of NFL scouts

Ben Bartch the former tight end converted to left tackle has been very solid in his transition.

After two years of backing up a pair of All-MIAC tight ends, Ben Bartch had a decision to make, and while he needed to gain weight this kid has looked pretty darn good at offensive tackle.

A native of McMinnville, Oregon, Bartch went to Blanchet Catholic High School. Bartch had numerous St. John’s ties, so his transition was easy.

Ben Bartch is 6070 and weighs 285 pounds. He is super athletic being that he was a former tight end. I have talked to several NFL scouts who really feel this kid has talent. He is a D3 player, but remember Ali Marpet from Hobart College, who has started games in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bartch is not just an athletic, big guy with great hands, he is also very smart.

After football, he said he’s aiming at becoming a psychologist, but that may have to wait. He will likely get a shot in the NFL. He’s a psychology major who hopes to follow the footsteps of his uncle, Joe Bailey. Bailey, a 1970 St. John’s graduate, is a psychologist in the Twin Cities. 

Last season, the Johnnies went undefeated and they are the winningest football program All-Time in NCAA Division III history with a .714 Winning Percentage (641-249-24 Record) in 108 Seasons.

Bartch was one of 137 nominees from Divisions I, II, III and NAIA schools for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, last season as well.

Bartch is a talented player and I expect him to have a huge season in 2019.


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