The 2020 NFL Draft is over and teams are getting comfortable with their new draft picks. The next class of players is getting prepared now for another year of college football. Each position will be analyzed in the coming days. Here are the best 2021 NFL Draft prospects: tight ends.
Note: Players will not be ranked in the article. This is best used as a watch list for the 2020 season.
Matt Bushman, BYU Cougars
Bushman has played well for three seasons as a member of the Cougars. He is 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, which makes him a solid size for the NFL level. The senior will be looking for a good 2020 season in order to help his draft stock.
He immediately produced with 49 receptions for 520 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman. BYU was only able to win four games that season. As a sophomore, Bushman had 29 receptions for 511 yards and two scores to help BYU win seven games including the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Bushman had a great season as a junior with 47 catches for 688 yards and four touchdowns. The Cougars won seven games again in 2019. He will need to prove he can be a better red zone target, but Bushman has already made himself a prospect to watch in the 2020 season.
Pat Freiermuth, Penn State Nitttany Lions
After two seasons in Happy Valley, a lot of people were surprised didn’t leave school for the NFL after his redshirt sophomore season. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound tight end has the size and ability to make it in the NFL. Freiermuth will be the favorite target of Sean Clifford next season, which could elevate his standing among other tight ends in the draft class.
His redshirt freshman season, Freiermuth had 26 receptions for 368 yards and eight touchdowns. Penn State won nine games that season, but lost to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl. In 2019, Freiermuth had 43 receptions for 507 yards and seven touchdowns. The Nittany Lions won 11 games including the Cotton Bowl. With more improvement in 2020, Freiermuth could be the first tight end selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Brevin Jordan, Miami Hurricanes
Miami continually develops quality tight end prospect and Jordan is the next in line. He may not be the tallest tight end at 6-foot-3, but he has good weight at 235 pounds. The Hurricanes haven’t had great seasons in recent years, but Jordan could help them this season.
In 2018, he had 32 receptions for 287 yards and four touchdowns. Miami won seven games that season. He returned as a sophomore and played even better. Jordan finished the season with 35 catches for 495 yards and two touchdowns. His focus will be on finding the end zone more and if he does that Jordan will rise up draft boards.
Kyle Pitts, Florida Gators
Pitts put up some big numbers last season and has the full attention of the NFL. He is 6-foot-6 and 239 pounds, which is great for the NFL to create matchup problems. With another good season, Pitts could be the frontrunner to be the first tight end picked in the 2021 NFL Draft.
As a freshman, Pitts had three receptions for 73 yards and one touchdown. His role increased drastically in 2019, as he was one of the most productive tight ends in the country last season. Pitts caught 54 passes for 649 yards and five touchdowns. His play helped Florida win 11 games including the Orange Bowl. Heading into the 2020 college football season, Pitts is the frontrunner to be the first tight end selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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