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2021 Rookie Tight End Rankings

Though the 2020 draft was loaded with future fantasy stars, it’s widely accepted that it was short on premium tight end talent. This year, that will not be the case as the NFL welcomes in an exceptionally talented rookie tight end class headlined by Kyle Pitts. In addition to Pitts, there are a number of other tight ends who’ll enter the weekly fantasy conversation. Rest assured, they’ll all be featured in these 2021 Rookie Tight End Rankings.

Below the 2021 Rookie Tight End Rankings I’ve provided some brief analysis on each tight end. 

2021 Rookie Tight End Rankings
1Kyle PittsJuniorFlorida6'6" 240 lbs
2Jordan BrevinJuniorMiami6'3" 245 lbs
3Pat FreiermuthJuniorPSU6'5" 260 lbs
4Hunter LongRS JuniorBC6'5" 254 lbs
5Kenny YeboahRS SeniorOle Miss6'4" 247 lbs
6Tommy TrembleRS Soph.ND6'4" 248 lbs
7Nick EubanksRS SeniorMichigan6'5" 256 lbs
8Tre' McKittySeniorGeorgia6'4" 247 lbs
9Matt BushmanSeniorBYU6'5" 240 lbs
10Tony PoljanRS SeniorVirginia6'7" 265 lbs
1) Kyle Pitts, 6’6”, 240 lbs

Pitts emerged as the clear TE 1 of this class from the onset of the college football season. With the Gators this season, he exploded for 770 yards (96.3 YDS/G) and 12 (1.5 TD/G) scores on just 43 receptions (17.9 YDS/REC). A true matchup nightmare, Pitts’ blend of size, speed and athleticism merits using the term generational. Capable of running crisp routes, finding soft spots in zones and racking up yards after the catch, Pitts can do it all. Combine all of that with tremendous ball skills and body control, you get Kyle Pitts. 

Rookie Draft Forecast: 1.03 – 1.07 in 1 QB, 1.06 – 1.10 in SF

2) Brevin Jordan, 6’3”, 245 lbs

Jordan is another tight end in this year’s class who possesses exceptional athleticism for the position. Like Pitts, Jordan will pose a slightly less daunting matchup nightmare for opposing defenses due to his size and explosiveness. His after the catch ability is among the best in this class as he showcases elusiveness, contact balance and strength. Moreover, he’s shown persistent improvement as a route runner and can attack the defense at all three levels of the field. Continued refinement as a route runner and blocker will go a long way towards making Jordan an elite tight end.

Rookie Draft Forecast: 2.06 – 2.11 in 1 QB, 3.02 – 3.06 in SF

3) Pat Freiermuth, 6’5”, 260 lbs

Freiermuth is a meticulous route runner with a proven ability to set up defenders when working against man coverage. His footwork is very impressive for his size, and he cuts sharper than most players in the 260 lb range. Freiermuth also possesses the prototypical frame and strength to be a good blocker at the NFL level. His complete skill set should enable to step into a sizable role out of the gate and be a reliable contributor in the passing game.

Rookie Draft Forecast: 2.08 – 3.01 in 1 QB, 3.04 – 3.08 in SF

4) Hunter Long, 6’5”, 253 lbs

Long is another tight end who profiles as a more traditional player at the position. He’s extremely well-rounded, combining high football IQ with soft, reliable hands and a terrific understanding of how to get open. Ball skills and route running have continued to develop nicely. Long doesn’t have the same ceiling as the top tight ends in this class but will leverage his complete game to get on the field early in his career. 

Rookie Draft Forecast: 4.08 – 4.12 in 1 QB, 5.02 – 5.06 in SF

5) Kenny Yeboah, 6’4”, 247 lbs

Yeboah took a major step forward in his lone year at Ole Miss, turning 27 catches into 524 yards (19.4 YDS/REC) and 6 scores in just seven games. As a converted wide receiver, Yeboah is a capable route runner with the size and skills to be a major factor in the red zone. He’s shown the versatility to line up all over the formation and is a willing blocker who needs to continue to add strength. He doesn’t possess the athleticism to be a major threat in space but has decent speed for the position.

Rookie Draft Forecast: 5.05 – 5.09 in 1 QB, Undrafted in SF

6) Tommy Tremble, 6’4”, 248 lbs

Tremble is an exciting tight end prospect who’s been overshadowed by some of the bigger Notre Dame pass catchers during his college career. He’s a strong athlete and physical blocker who will try to parlay that into steady snaps as a rookie. Tremble’s agility, speed and separation skills provide him with a good ceiling as a pass catcher.

Rookie Draft Forecast: Undrafted in 1 QB and SF

7) Nick Eubanks, 6’5”, 256 lbs

Eubanks is exceptionally athletic and twitchy by tight end standards. His blend of size, catch radius and speed make him a high upside selection who’ll need some time to develop. As a receiver, Eubanks has good hands, serviceable route running and separation ability. He could be a better pro than college player.

Rookie Draft Forecast: Undrafted in 1 QB and SF

8) Tre’ McKitty, 6’4”, 247 lbs

McKitty is a good athlete with the separation skills to create some mismatches in the passing game. He’s also a solid blocker who should be able to contribute right away at the NFL level. Has the versatility to play in different areas of the formation. Unquestionably raw, there is definitely potential for McKitty to be a receiving threat in the NFL with the right fit.

Rookie Draft Forecast: Undrafted in 1 QB and SF

9) Matt Bushman, 6’5”, 240 lbs

Bushman has proven himself to be an effective receiver at the collegiate level, eclipsing the 500 yard mark in each of his three seasons. He has good size and athleticism for the position and could carve out a rotational receiving role early on. It will be interesting to see if he’s lost any explosiveness after rupturing his Achilles prior to the season.

Rookie Draft Forecast: Undrafted in 1 QB and SF

10) Tony Poljan, 6’7”, 265 lbs

The converted quarterback produced well as a tight end in his two years at the position. Poljan has a good set of hands on him and moves okay for a player of his size. He’s more of a developmental prospect as he continues to learn the nuances of the position. Has the potential to become a red zone threat if he becomes more consistent in contested situations.

Rookie Draft Forecast: Undrafted in 1 QB and SF

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