POSITION: Tight End
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-stars
Speed: Can’t confirm this for sure until the combine but looks one of the fastest Tight End prospects we have ever see. There are reports saying that he is going to run in the 4.4s and that seems about right. Passes the eye test of athleticism with flying colors.
Ball Skills: Routinely catches ball with hands and rarely catches the ball with his body. Can hall in passes away from his body as well. Body control is superb. Best quality in this area is his ability to track the ball vertically.
Route Running: Runs a complete route tree that translates to any offensive system. Possesses exceptional separation quickness and change of direction ability. Routes are nuanced for the most part. Usually gets in out of his breaks cleanly, but sometimes halts his momentum at the top of his routes. Also, would like to see him use his hands more when beating press coverage.
Blocking: More than willing blocker and does decent job walling off defenders. Yet, won’t specialize in blocking. Technique is sound but just doesn’t have the frame or power to consistently move defenders in the run game.
YAC Ability: Straight line speed is elite. So if he gets a full head steam, he is tough to get down. That said, he is not overly dynamic with the balls in his hands. Doesn’t make many defenders miss or run through tacklers.
Contest Catch Ability: Regularly comes down with passes after taking a shot. Also can haul in balls in crowded areas. There isn’t of a lot moments on tape of him winning 50/50 situations. Yet, has the athletic profile and natural ball skills to get better attacking the ball at the catch point.
Awareness: Disciplined player that regularly fulfills his assignment. Spatially aware when finding the voids in zone coverage as well.
Competitive Awareness: Not overly physical when blocking, but demonstrates obvious effort when doing so. Very competitive when fighting for the ball and as a ball carrier. Also not shy about celebrating when he makes a play.
Best Trait: Speed/Athleticism
Worst Trait: Blocking
Best Film: Ohio State (2017)
Worst Film: Penn State (2018)
Player Comparison: Evan Ingram
Noah Fant is one of the most dynamic athletes to play Tight End that we have seen in recent years. His natural ball skills, ascending route running ability, and blazing speed make him an absolute miss match where ever you put him on the field. He fits perfectly in today’s NFL because he can be used in multiple formations and is basically like another Wide Receiver on the field. Fant might not be as complete of a tight end as his teammate T.J. Hockenson, but has a higher ceiling as receiver. If he can sharpen up his routes and show that he win in more 50/50 situations. He has pro bowl to all pro potential.
- Crabbs, Kyle. “2019 NFL Draft Player Profile: Noah Fant.” The Draft Network, 5 Feb. 2019, thedraftnetwork.com/2019/02/05/2019-nfl-draft-player-profile-noah-fant/.