Welcome into our 2021 TE Rookie Profiles. We’ve looked at the tape, so you don’t have to! This season has had a lot of disruption due to COVID-19. That has meant that there isn’t going to be a combine. So it’s easy to get lost behind the lack of coverage.
We are going to list the WRs alphabetically, covering:
- Pat Freiermuth (Penn State)
- Brevin Jordan (Miami FL)
- Kyle Pitts (Florida)
2021 TE Rookie Profiles: Pat Freiermuth (Penn State) 6’5″ 258lbs
Freiermuth has great size for the position and has performed well in college. Plays very physically, but also able to bring the ball in if given the opportunity. Operating in the middle of the field, he is a safe pair of hands through contact, able to snatch the ball from defenders. In the open-field uses his size to break tackles from defensive backs, and able to create seperation from linebackers.
Freiermuth is a great, well-rounded player. Able to get open and reliable hands make him a great safety blanket for QB’s. Should be able to be fantasy relevant, but might take time to become a reliable starter.
Selected- Round 2, Pick 55 Pittsburgh Steelers
Freiermuth didn’t make it out of Round 2 before being selected by the Steelers- a perfect landing spot. The Steelers offense is full of weapons on offense, but has been screaming for an effective option at TE. Eric Ebron could be a barrier to him being on the field, but he is still a great option for fantasy owners.
2021 TE Rookie Profiles: Brevin Jordan (Miami FL) 6’3″ 245lbs
Jordan has improved each and every season in college, becoming a reliable member of their offense. Jordan has been moved all over the offensive formation. Able to explode up the field, creating seperation almost immediately. Able to fight through contact once he has his ball, utilizing his frame.
Jordan isn’t the greatest blocker, which could help him be more fantasy relevant if he gets on the field. Most likely a spot starting option, or a taxi squad stash for his rookie season.
Selected- Round 5, Pick 147 Houston Texans
Jordan just slid throughout the draft, ultimately selected in Round 5 by Houston. The big question mark here is what does the team even look like? And even if Jordan sees the field, this team is bad- that means passing volume will be there, but scoring opportunities will be few and far between. A late round rookie selection at best.
2021 TE Rookie Profiles: Kyle Pitts (Florida) 6’5″ 235lbs
Pitts is a versatile athlete, able to play wherever you need him on offense. Great route-runner, and flexible able to bring in the majority of balls that come his way. Has the speed to get away from linebackers, and knows how to use his body in the red-zone. Great hands
Pitts might be one of the best receivers in this class, he is certainly head and shoulders about the rest of the tight ends. One of the best prospects at the position in years. Should be fantasy relevant regardless of landing spot.
Selected- Round 1, Pick 4 Atlanta Falcons
Pitts was the best non-QB, and was the first non-QB taken. Being added to the Falcons offense, which has been able to move the ball. Pitts is now added to a already effective receiving corps of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Sure, adding an offensive lineman might’ve been better for the team- but for fantasy this pick is great.
That’s it for our TE edition of our 2021 Rookie Profiles! These are going to be updated as news breaks, and just after the NFL draft. So check us out as well as our social media channels. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. And, as always, if you want something more specific to your league- reach out! Don’t forget to check out our other content in our draft kit!
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