If you have adopted any of the 2021 NFL Draft protection, then you already know the love affair seemingly everybody has with Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts. A possible top-five choose, Pitts is actually the one tight finish getting any consideration. While there is no doubt he is the star of this yr’s TE class, there are a number of different gamers at this place worthy of consideration.
Tight finish is all the time a tough place for the common fan to assess. Not solely do you could have to weigh blocking vs. pass-catching, however you even have to account for the very fact many faculty groups do not function TEs of their offenses. That leaves us focusing solely on professional day measurements and even single highlights when making an attempt to consider many of those gamers.
We’ll do our greatest to minimize by the noise and break down Sporting News’ top-10 TEs for the 2021 NFL Draft.
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NFL Draft 2021 tight finish rankings
1. Kyle Pitts, Florida
Pitts had an excellent sophomore season (54 catches, 649 yards, 5 TDs), however he was an absolute monster as junior, catching 43 passes for 770 yards and 12 TDs in simply eight video games. He continued his dominance throughout his professional day, when he measured in at virtually 6-6, 245 kilos and ran a 4.44 40-yard sprint. Clearly, Pitts is a novel offensive weapon within the vein of Travis Kelce or George Kittle, and whereas he would not have the blocking prowess of the latter, it won’t matter. Pitts goes to be a top-10 choose — presumably top 5 — and certain star from Day 1.
2. Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
Freiermuth was a TD machine his first two years at Penn State, scoring eight occasions as a freshman and 7 occasions as a sophomore, however a shoulder damage restricted him to simply 4 video games and one rating final yr. The 6-5, 251-pound TE is thought a stable blocker and dependable pass-catcher, and whereas he would not have blazing pace (reportedly a 40 time within the 4.72 vary), he ought to nonetheless have the ability to get open at an affordable clip within the NFL. He figures to be a second-round choose, however the upside is there for him to outperform his draft place.
3. Brevin Jordan, Miami
Miami has a historical past of manufacturing NFL tight ends, and Jordan appears to be subsequent in line after a breakout 2020 that noticed him catch 38 passes for 576 yards and 7 TDs. His pro-day efficiency wasn’t overly spectacular, as he measured in at below 6-3, 247 kilos and ran a 4.69 40-yard sprint, however his versatility and blocking upside may nonetheless see him land within the second spherical. In time, he ought to develop right into a stable all-around contributor.
4. Hunter Long, Boston College
Long was a big-play specialist in his first two seasons when he averaged 25.8 yards per catch (on simply 4 receptions) and 18.2 yards per catch (28 catches), respectively. He grew to become far more of a constant goal final yr, when he caught 57 balls for 685 yards and 5 TDs. At simply over 6-5, 254 kilos, Long has nice dimension, and his 4.63 40-yard sprint is respectable sufficient, so if he can proceed to develop his already stable blocking abilities, Long may carve out a pleasant profession. Expect him to go within the second or third spherical.
5. Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame
Tremble is extra of a blocking TE, which you might in all probability inform from his 2020 stats (19 catches, 218 yards, no TDs), however after operating a 4.59 40 throughout his professional day, there are some who consider Tremble has main upside within the NFL, be it as a standard tight finish or extra of an H-back. The virtually 6-4, 241 pounder has respectable dimension and quickness and shall be an intriguing third- or fourth-round prospect whose affect possible will not be mirrored within the field rating.
6. Tre’ McKitty, Georgia
McKitty did little at Florida State (three seasons) and UGA (one season) by way of stats (56 catches, 628 yards, three TDs in his 24 profession video games), however he was restricted to simply 4 video games his senior yr due to a knee damage. At just a little over 6-4, 246 kilos, McKitty has good dimension, and with a 40 time within the 4.7-range, he has satisfactory pace. He’s a developmental prospect who will possible go within the mid-to-late rounds, however he has an opportunity to make an affect in a pair years.
7. Kenny Yeboah, Ole Miss
After 4 principally nondescript seasons at Temple, Yeboah transferred to Ole Miss and broke out with 27 catches, 524 yards, and 6 TDs. That type of big-play potential is bound to have scouts within the 6-4, 250-pound pass-catcher. His blocking nonetheless wants work, however Yeboah profiles as a mid-to-late-round prospect with quite a lot of upside.
8. Nick Eubanks, Michigan
Eubanks is one other TE with little faculty manufacturing however loads of bodily instruments. At 6-4, 245 kilos, Eubanks ran a 4.59 40 and confirmed respectable blocking capability, so he’ll be one other late-round undertaking who may develop right into a stable starter in the best state of affairs.
9. Miller Forristall, Alabama
Yet one other huge, athletic TE who did not produce a lot (23 catches, 253 yards, TD final season), Forristall ran a 4.79 40-yard sprint and measured in at 6-5, 241 kilos. He’s anticipated to be extra of a blocking TE within the NFL, and he’ll possible be a late-round choose.
10. Quintin Morris, Bowling Green
A transformed large receiver, Morris measured in at simply over 6-2, 251 kilos and ran a 4.58 40-yard sprint. As you may think, blocking is a matter, however Morris is a good route runner with good fingers, and he is the kind of participant who may go at any level after Day 1 relying on which staff thinks they will flip him right into a matchup nightmare as a secondary tight finish.