Name: Pat Freiermuth
College: Penn State
Weight: 251 lbs
Overall Rank: No. 42
Position Rank: TE2
Strengths: A throwback tight end prospect with true inline ability, Freiermuth has the size and strength to line up next to the offensive tackle and hold his own against defensive ends and linebackers while being agile and athletic enough to be a strong pass-catcher. An agile, strong athlete with very good instincts for space, Freiermuth dominates the middle of the field as a safety valve and seam buster. He’s great bodying up defenders and boxing out for positioning. The Penn State offense asked Freiermuth to line up in a number of positions and he has the athleticism to do the same in the NFL. He has natural hands and is able to make the big play as a receiver. A good run blocker, Freiermuth has the body type and strength to become even better with more reps.
Weaknesses: Freiermuth doesn’t have the twitch or quickness to his game to easily separate against new-age speedy linebackers or coverage safeties. The Penn State passing game may have held back his production some, but he also struggled to uncover against good underneath defenders. There are inconsistencies with his hands where he’ll make the tough grab and drop an easy one.
What I Love: College tight ends are becoming smaller and more scheme-dependent, but Freiermith brings throwback blocking ability and is a big man in the redzone passing game.
NFL Comparison: Mark Andrews
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