2021 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings

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2021 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings includes a prospect ranking, a breakdown of scouting for the position, key questions about the position, and a link to learn more.

Tight End Rankings:

  1. Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
  2. Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M
  3. Kyle Pitts, Florida
  4. Brevin Jordan, Miami
  5. Major Tennison, Alabama
  6. Brant Kuithe, Utah
  7. Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
  8. Hunter Long, Boston College

2021 NFL Draft Tight End Rankings

  • Pure blocking tight ends can be found later in the draft and don’t often get scouting profiles.
  • Tight ends that are scouted get evaluated on two, two-part scales:
    • Receiving Ability / Blocking Ability
    • Able to line up outside / able to work inside routes
  • “Catch Radius” is important… good with tall, big armed TE’s. Often refer to these guys as able to “post up” like an NBA power forward… running routes, turning around and having balls thrown to them where defenders don’t have a chance. Often offer little yards after catch, but dependable.
  • “Seam Route” matchup nightmares.  Some tight ends can make an NFL career out of this one skill.
  • “Matchup Nightmare”… this is often used for a tight end that is basically a bit too big to be considered a WR, but still has speed. Too big to be covered by corner or safety, too quick to be covered by linebacker.
  • Reliable hands.
  • “H-Back” qualities… able to act as lead blocking fullback, or even ball carrier sometimes.
  • Inline blocking skills… able to act as 6th offensive lineman in run game.
  • Open field blocking skills.
  • A “Move Tight End” is a tight end that can play both inside and outside wide receiver spots, all over offensive formations.
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