2021 Prospect Rankings: Tight End Edition (2/27/21)

1.) Kyle Pitts – 6’5″ 246 lbs. – Darren Waller

“Let’s all say it together, “Kyle Pitts TE1.” I don’t think it’s even close when you tie in the fact this guy could arguably be the best WR in this draft as well. His blocking will be brought up as a negative to some but on tape he shows tenacity in carrying out his assignments. He wins with speed, catch radius, and ball tracking ability. He can operate on every area of the field.”

2.) Brevin Jordan – 6’3″ 245 lbs. – Jonnu Smith

“Jordan is an absolute brute. He’s a very well rounded prospect that’s highly intelligent and impacts the game on offense in every area. If Pitts is the best athlete in the draft then Jordan deserves the best pure/traditional TE label.”

3.) Tre’ McKitty – 6’4″ 247 lbs. – Jared Cook

“McKitty may have the best blocking to receiving talent ratio for a TE in the draft. He excels at run blocking as much as he excels as a receiver. He’s a very balanced prospect with a high ceiling to be even more.”

4.) Hunter Long – 6’5″ 254 lbs. – Hunter Henry

“Long moved up and down these rankings but what ultimately led him to be #4 was his ability to get open and make tough catches. He’s an above average blocker but builds on that by his route running and sneaky athleticism.”

5.) Pat Freiermuth – 6’5″ 250 lbs. – C.J. Uzomah

“I like Freiermuth’s 2019 tape. As good as it was, I think the Rob Gronkowski comps are drastically premature. His blocking is inconsistent and often times gets knocked back whether it be on his initial pop or even as a receiver. His balance is off, often stumbling over his own feet. He’s an exciting player to watch on most cases, he’s very physical. He had some schemed targets that he made the most of. His evaluation is weighed heavily on the reemergence of the TE I saw in 2019.”

6.) John Bates – 6’6″ 259 lbs. – Drew Sample

“Bates’ character stands out more than his potential. If I need a guy for one game to do his job with high effort not many players are ahead of Bates. I know he’s going to surprise me with at least one thing I wouldn’t expect from him that’s going to help the team.”

7.) Tommy Tremble – 6’4″ 248 lbs. – Coby Fleener

“This is really a high character position group this year. Tremble is a good kid and player. He shows maximize effort as a blocker and provides exceptional upside as a receiving option.”

8.) Shaun Beyer – 6’5″ 246 lbs. – Maxx Williams

“Beyer is one of the biggest sleepers in this draft if he goes to a situation he’s developed properly. There aren’t many bad reps from him as a blocker has a solid set of hands.”

9.) Noah Gray – 6’4″ 240 lbs. – Anthony Firkser

“Gray runs routes like a WR. He’s undersized and you shouldn’t expect much from him in the blocking game at TE vs. DEs but as a FB type of player, he can hold his own.”

10.) Kenny Yeboah – 6’4″ 247 lbs. – Harrison Bryant

“Yeboah is a long and athletic player. His speed is an issue but you can bank on him getting bigger and strong at the next level to at least be a TE2 and red zone threat.”

(11-24, Matt Bushman, Nick Eubanks, Daniel Crawford, Jack Stoll, Pro Wells, Zach Davidson, Briley Moore, Luke Farrell, Tony Poljan, Cary Angeline, Kylen Granson, Quinton Morris, Trae Berry, Dylan Soehner)

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