It is a uncommon report exactly where I’m not breaking down a WR prospect! Alternatively, it is not a single, but two TE prospects, two that in the sport of football are pretty close, in reality.
The NFL has by no means had two tight ends from the identical college drafted in the initial two rounds of a draft class, and that could transform with the emergence of Iowa Hawkeyes Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson. Each players have received a considerable quantity of draft buzz, and this is without the need of contemplating they succeeded former Hawkeye and existing 49ers star tight finish George Kittle.
Fant and Hockenson each anticipate to be drafted greater than Kittle—a fifth round choose in 2017—was, and appear to support some TE needy teams in the NFL.
Now, HEAR ME OUT: I am not suggesting the Titans draft a tight finish in the initial round, and in reality I’d rather draft a wide receiver, edge rusher, or lineman with the 19th all round choose. Having said that, if the Titans have been to choose “Hey let’s draft a TE there” and wanted to pick involving these two, that is what this create up is right here for.
Very first, let’s take a appear at Fant. In his final season at Iowa, he had 39 catches for 518 yards and seven touchdowns, and was chosen to Very first Group All-Massive Ten.
Fant operates properly as a getting tight finish, and simply because of his route operating capacity (he’s shown right here executing a good chop move to generate separation) and speed, he can also stretch the field vertically. This pass is slightly beneath thrown, but simply because of how substantially separation the tight finish creates the quarterback is provided a considerable margin of error, and Fant turns on the jets anyway.
Right here, Fant utilizes a extra sophisticated approach to generate separation He runs into the linebacker then pushes off him on 3rd and 7 to give himself a soft spot, providing Iowa’s quarterback an quick completion.
As far as catch radius (initial play) and yards following the catch (second play) are concerned, Fant does properly in each locations. He does not have an insane radius like, say, David Njoku, but he can catch the ball when asked to dive or use tight footwork on the sideline. And with his frame and speed he’s capable to breakaway from tackles, generating him a good YAC choice as properly.
Now let’s appear at T.J. Hockenson. Like Fant, Hockenson will be 22 later this season, and was also chosen to the Very first Group All-Massive Ten. In his final season at Iowa, Hockenson had 49 catches for 760 yards and six touchdowns.
Now, I left off Fant’s blocking capacity on goal so I could evaluate it with Hockenson’s. Fant’s blocking is completely fine, but Hockenson (If your group values blocking tight ends I guess…) is extra of an athletic blocker. The energy he possesses on this run block is so substantially so that he basically tends to make the defender trip his personal teammate.
Now you are playing with energy.
Hockenson is extra of a freak following the catch than Fant. He has the higher hurdle you would associate with a guy like Travis Kelce, and he appears to be even tougher to bring down to boot.
And at the catch point I’m not positive it is a fair comparison. Fant, like I mentioned, is completely fine right here, but Hockenson blows him out right here. In the initial play, Hockenson—running a easy go route in the red zone, executes a excellent vertical leap and is capable to higher point the ball with his extended arms against tight coverage, securing it and having a foot in bounds for the score.
The second play is even far better. Quarterback Nate Stanley tosses a 50/50 floater that stays in the air for a great decade. Hockenson is capable to find the ball, get behind the defender, box him out, and make a spectacular catch in spite of possessing hands all more than him.
Though I believe Hockenson is extra explosive as a blocker, at the catch point and following it, Fant’s capacity as a route runner, as properly as currently possessing constant hands, blocking and YAC capacity, give him the edge imo. Each guys really should be great picks in the NFL, but I really feel with Fant’s sophisticated approach as a route runner he’s the “safer” choose. I will say that I’m extra intrigued by Hockenson’s ceiling, and if he refines his route operating he gets the edge.
With that mentioned, I’d rather draft at a position the Titans definitely require, such as a different WR, an edge guy, or a lineman.