Rookies this season will get a crash course in the NFL with a shortened off season and no preseason games due to Covid-19. Thankfully, this season is full of strong rookie dynasty picks and a slower than normal ramp up to the season won’t be as impactful for their longterm success.
This year’s draft wasn’t great for early impact tight ends, with few of them deserving even a Day 2 pick, but they did get drafted and a few landed in interesting spots for their future. I won’t be taking one early in any rookie drafts, but in leagues where I need one, I see no reason not to take a flier on one late.
Devin Asiasi wasn’t high on may draft boards but Bill Belichick traded up, giving an extra fourth-round pick to grab the UCLA alum. With the Patriots extremely weak at the position, Asiasi has a clear road to snaps as early as this season. Add in the absence of Matt LaCosse, who opted out for Covid-19 concerns, and his chances get even better
The Saints also traded up to get Adam Trautman, giving up four picks. jared Cook isn’t a spring chicken and with that much interest in Trautman, he should get a longer leash than many rookie tight ends this season.
Albert Okwuegbunam was the fastest tight end at the combine and one of Drew Lock’s favorite targets in college. He has Noah Fant ahead of him, but there is upside to his game that could push him into snaps earlier than anticipated.
I don’t like Cole Kmet much, but he is slated to be the next starting tight end for the Bears. They will give him plenty of chances after picking him with their second round selection, which was their first pick of the draft.
Dynasty Rookie Tight End Rankings