Tight end Pat Freiermuth put together a productive career with the Penn State Nittany Lions, and he is set to begin his NFL career. He is likely to be an early Day 2 selection and has been projected to be the No. 2 tight end behind only Florida’s Kyle Pitts, who will likely be selected near the top of the first round.
Throughout his college career, Freiermuth proved to be a consistent threat in the Penn State passing game. Over three seasons, he played in 29 games and finished with 92 receptions for 1,185 yards with 16 touchdowns. Freiermuth has the blocking and pass catching ability NFL teams are looking for from his position.
Listed at 6-foot-5 and 251 pounds, Freiermuth has the size to be a real matchup problem. His strength and athleticism set him apart, and he will look to take advantage of mismatches against opposing defenses. Freiermuth will need to improve his technique as a run blocker, but he shows potential to be a player who can make a difference in the running game.
Mock Draft landing spots
In Ryan Wilson’s mock draft on CBS Sports, he has Freiermuth being selected in the second round by the Los Angeles Chargers with the No. 47 overall pick. Luke Easterling of USA Today has Freiermuth being the first player taken in the second round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and so does Chad Reuter of NFL.com.
Fantasy impact: Rookie year
Freiermuth could have value in Year 1 depending on where he goes but like most positions, not many tight ends enter the NFL scene and explode right away as rookies. Freiermuth could be worth a look in the later rounds as a backup tight end but nothing more than that. Tight ends can be very touchdown dependent so if he is expected to get consistent red zone looks with his big frame, Freiermuth may be worth targeting.
Fantasy impact: Career
There is no reason to think Freiermuth won’t have a productive career in the NFL. As a likely second round pick, teams are going to give him every chance he can to succeed in their offense because they invested a high pick on him. How long that will take is impossible to predict but with his three years in college, Freiermuth showed he is capable of producing numbers from the tight end position.