2021 NFL DRAFT TIGHT END RANKINGS

NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS BY POSITION

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*Player Profiles to be added for each prospect between now and the 2021 NFL Draft

1

KYLE PITTS, FLORIDA

OVERALL RANK: 11

KYLE PITTS NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Pitts is the most athletic tight end in class, and is currently recognised as the premier receiving tight end to emerge for a few years.

  • Pitts is very fast for a tight end and is adept at finding openings withing the secondary and will be used in the NFL as a serious matchup nightmare at the second level and in the red zone.

  • Due to his size, he is able to snatch the ball above the heads of defenders attempting to guard him and this just highlights how he could operate as a productive touchdown maker on fades and contested balls in the end zone.

  • More of a big wideout in the mold of Darren Waller, Pitts should thrive if used primarily as a pass catcher in the NFL.

  • He has seriously raised his stock in 2020 by dominating the opposition to the tune of 43 receptions, 770 yards and 12 scores at a mammoth 17.9 yards per reception.

  • Usually, taking a tight end with one of the top 10 picks in the draft would not be advisable, but Pitts is capable of going up against top defensive backs when isolated in man coverage and dominating.

  • He has exceptional body control for such a big man and doesn't drop catches. Some tight ends in the class may be faster, but his speed isn't really a weakness.

  • His blocking is not at the level of a true top end tight end, but it has improved in 2020 and is more than serviceable.

2

PAT FREIERMUTH, PENN ST

OVERALL RANK: 29

PAT FREIERMUTH NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Freiermuth is possibly the highest floor all-round tight end in the 2021 NFL Draft class. He has picked up the "Baby Gronk" nickname.

  • Yes, Pitts garners all the attention and is a spectacularly gifted prospect, but Freiermuth is the most pro ready tight end to come out in a few years, which is a position that is a notoriously difficult one to transition to in the NFL.

  • Freiermuth could become a lucky quarterback's best friend in the red zone and will eat across the middle of the field.

  • He may not wow with flashy explosive plays a la Pitts, but will be a reliable target across the formation and a dependable lead tight end for whoever drafts him for years to come.

  • With a perfect build to play the position, he has dominant traits as an inline blocker.

  • He could benefit with some improvement regarding his run blocking technique, but has the raw tools to do so.

  • Possesses the sheer strength to break tackles after the catch.

  • He isn't particularly fast or agile, but can box out defenders and come down with catches with bodies draped all over him. 

3

BREVIN JORDAN, MIAMI

OVERALL RANK: 56

BREVIN JORDAN NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • The next in line from Miami’s “Tight End U”. The Hurricanes have produced the likes of Jimmy Graham, Kellen Winslow Jr, Jeremy Shockey, Greg Olsen and David Njoku in recent years and Jordan appears to be the next in line from that institution to make an impact at the NFL level.

  • He has similar receiving potential to Pitts and is a physical specimen who can fight through the press and run by linebackers with ease.

  • He may be currently viewed as a poor man’s Pitts, but Jordan has the ability to be a true playmaker in his own right, as he possesses an impressive RAC ability.

  • Jordan is currently only an average blocker, but if he can polish this area of his game, then he could blossom into a top all-around tight end.

  • His route running is not the best right now, but get him the ball in space and watch out!

  • Has the speed and ability in his breaks and the propensity to break tackles after the catch.

  • Does need to develop his catching technique though and has had a few drops, relying on body catching too often.

4

KENNY YEBOAH, OLE MISS

OVERALL RANK: 87

KENNY YEBOAH NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • A tall, but slender tight end with excellent hands.

  • May look to add a little extra strength to assist his transition into the NFL, but he is an underrated blocker, with PFF ranking him as the best pass-blocking tight end in the nation in 2019.

  • He could become a valuable red zone target at the next level and will make plays across the middle of the field.

  • At 6’5”, Yeboah is an ideal height to become a mismatch weapon in the NFL.

  • He is an athletic, but slightly skinny build who could stand to add a little more bulk. If he does this, then he is another potentially terrific red zone threat.

  • He has YAC ability, but a lack of top end speed and may be easily chased down by defensive backs in the NFL. This may limit his ceiling, but this theory could easily be disproved if he tests well at his pro day.

  • Can be a bit stiff in his routes which may limit ability to generate consistent separation, but he is certainly one to watch as the draft rolls around.

5

TRE' MCKITTY, GEORGIA

OVERALL RANK: 89

TRE' MCKITTY NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Tre' McKitty was one of the major winners of Senior Bowl week.

  • He showed that he has receiving chops as he consistently won against linebackers and safeties on receiving reps.

  • He was not quite as solid in pass protection, but he is an adequate and willing blocker who can improve.

  • Is a fluid mover in space, with good speed in the open field and an ability to win in contested catch situations.

  • McKitty displays soft hands and is an intriguing pick in the middle rounds as a developmental starter. 

6

NICK EUBANKS, MICHIGAN

OVERALL RANK: 119

NICK EUBANKS NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

  • Eubanks has good size at 6’5” and 256 pounds and has great length and speed for the position.

  • One of his best attributes is the ability to get separation on his routes.

  • He has limitations as a blocker though, so he will have to work to develop in that area.

  • He will be a 25 year old rookie though and has not had much production at the college level, so any team drafting him would be relying on a projection that he can improve, but at his age he has less time than some other more agile and explosive prospects in the class.

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HUNTER LONG, BOSTON COLLEGE

OVERALL RANK: 131

HUNTER LONG NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE

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DYLAN SOEHNER, IOWA ST

OVERALL RANK: 139

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TOMMY TREMBLE, NOTRE DAME

OVERALL RANK: 151

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TONY POLJAN, VIRGINIA

OVERALL RANK: 156

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LUKE FARRELL, OHIO ST

OVERALL RANK: 171

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NOAH GRAY, DUKE

OVERALL RANK: 177

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CARY ANGELINE, NC STATE

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SHAUN BEYER, IOWA

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MATT BUSHMAN, BYU

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JACK STOLL, NEBRASKA

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PRO WELLS, TCU

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KYLEN GRANSON, SMU

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MILLER FORRISTALL, ALABAMA

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ZACH DAVIDSON, CENTRAL MISSOURI

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