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2021 NFL draft: Top tight ends

Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Football

Welcome to draft season! This is the fourth of 11 positional breakdowns leading up to the NFL draft (April 29-May 1). Here are my top 10 tight ends:

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1. Kyle Pitts (Jr., Florida, 6-foot-5, 245 pounds)

Pitts beats man coverage consistently, even when isolated against cornerbacks. He has rare athleticism for a player his size and can turn bad throws into receptions. He's a competitive blocker, but that's not why he's on the field. Some describe him as a unicorn, but I prefer cheat code. Projected: Top 10

2. Pat Freiermuth (Jr., Penn St., 6-5, 251)

Freiermuth didn't quite live up to the "Baby Gronk" moniker but he's capable of imposing his will as a receiver and blocker. Projected: 2nd round

 

3. Brevin Jordan (Jr., Miami, 6-2, 247)

Jordan looks like a jumbo running back after the catch. He has 21 broken tackles on 105 career receptions and 63.3% of his 1,358 career receiving yards came post-catch. The effort is there as a blocker, but the strength and technique needs work. Projected: 2nd to 4th round

4. Tommy Tremble (So., Notre Dame, 6-3, 241)

Tremble is a heat-seeking missile as a blocker in the run game. He had below-average production as a receiver, but he features legit speed and enough explosiveness to develop into a weapon in the pass game as well. Projected: 2nd to 4th round

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