By: Steve Johnson
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 6 games. 9 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
2017: 12 games. 30 rec, 494 yards, 11 TD; 2 att, -1 yards
Accolades: 2017 Third-team All-Big Ten
History: Three-star recruit from Omaha, NE. Also competed in track (sprints, high jump, triple jump) and basketball. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: Great size. Incredible athlete, is going to really stand out at the Combine. Good in line blocker. Has the quickness to get to the 2nd level blocking in the run game. Good body control and ball skills. Good ball tracking ability. Vertical seam weapon. Excellent red zone threat. Explosive big play ability. Has experience in more of a pro-style system than you’re used to seeing from a lot of college TEs.
Weaknesses: Lacks the bulk and still not there yet as an inline blocker, especially when being tasked with taking on DEs in the NFL. Whiffs a lot in run blocking, needs to do a better job with his lower body mechanics, especially getting stronger.
Overview: Fant is a great athlete that will really make a name for himself at the Combine. His ball skills and body control make a legit top 15 pick. He’s a better blocker than you see out of most college TEs, coming from Kirk Ferentz more pro-style system.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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