By: Steve Johnson
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
6’4 1/8″ 249lbs
33 1/2″ arms. 9 3/4″ hands.
4.50 40 39 1/2″ Vert. 127″ Broad Jump. 20 Bench Reps.
6.81 3 Cone Drill 4.22 20 yard Shuttle 11.49 60 yard Shuttle
2016: 6 games. 9 rec, 70 yards, 1 TD
2017: 12 games. 30 rec, 494 yards, 11 TDs; 2 att, -1 yards
2018: 12 games. 39 rec, 519 yards, 7 TDs; 2 att, 1 yard
Accolades: 2017 Third-team All-Big Ten, 2018 First-team All-Big Ten
History: Three-star recruit from Omaha, NE. Also competed in track (sprints, high jump, triple jump) and basketball at Omaha South Magnet High School. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: Good size. Incredible athlete, really stood out at the Combine. Excellent acceleration and foot quickness in and out of breaks. Decent in line blocker, excels at down blocking double teams. 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 completely 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. Doesn’t show a nastiness in the run game. Could do a better job rubbing off contact at the 2nd level. Too easily rerouted by guys smaller than him.
Overview: Fant is a great athlete and has good size. I would put him in the slot, he can contribute right away there. He’s a decent blocker, but his footwork still needs to be coached up, before he can be counted on the line. Hockenson and Fant are two totally different players, but they’re both first round picks in my eyes.
Draft Projection: Late 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.10
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