Pat Freiermuth NFL Draft Profile, Highlights, and NFL Comparisons

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By Jim Bay April 6, 2021 0 Comment
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Pat Freiermuth is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Pat Freiermuth is a tight end from Penn State and is a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. He played in only four games in 2020 after suffering a shoulder injury that prematurely ended his season, forcing him to undergo surgery. In those four games, Freiermuth made 23 receptions for 310 yards and a touchdown before the shoulder injury ended his season. Even with the shortened season, Pro Football Focus had him graded as the tenth-highest-graded tight end (30 target minimum) with an Offensive grade of 83.0 (80.9 Receiving, 58.9 Pass Blocking, 74.8 Run Blocking).

Freiermuth was a highly recruited tight end out of high school, with a four-star rating. He was the consensus top player in Massachusetts and a top-ten tight end in the nation. Freiermuth earned scholarship offers from 15 schools, including Penn State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, and LSU. The North Andover, Massachusetts product opted to stay in the Northeast, signing with Penn State.

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Freiermuth made an immediate impact at Penn State, starting nine games as a freshman with 26 catches, 368 yards, and eight touchdowns. This earned him recognition as an honorable mention for the All-Big Ten team. He continued to live up to expectations in his sophomore season by getting 43 receptions for 507 yards and seven touchdowns. Freiermuth earned All-Conference and All-American recognition in 2019.

In the NFL, Freiermuth projects as an impact receiving tight end. He has a prototypical build for the tight end position and enough ceiling as a blocker to continue to develop into a quality asset. Freiermuth has the physicality to win against smaller defensive backs, but he can also beat them decisively with his outstanding route running. He uses deception well. There are times where he can act as a blocker, then explode into open space once he’s sold his false role. The post-surgery medicals here will be something NFL teams must look at, as well as examining his lack of development as a blocker.

Scouting Capsule

Pat Freiermuth NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Measurements and Pro Day

Pat Freiermuth was listed at 6′ 5″ and 258 pounds at Penn State. On his pro day, he measured in at 6050 and 251 pounds. He did not participate in any skill tests, but he put up 26 reps in the bench press and performed in positional drills.

Highlights

Strengths

  • His blend of size, hands, route-running, and physicality in the secondary make him a prototypical NFL tight end.
  • Has outstanding route-running prowess
  • He has the explosiveness to cut back upfield and blow by the misled defender.
  • Freiermuth’s toughness and physicality is one of the first things most people notice
  • Uses change-of-direction quickness to fake in-breaking routes. He then has the explosiveness to cut back upfield and blow by the misled defender.

Weaknesses

  • Pass blocking skills did not develop at the rate most thought he should.
  • He will have to prove that he is totally recovered from shoulder surgery.

NFL Comparison

Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals 2013 – 2019, Jacksonville Jaguars 2020)

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Jim Bay is a retired special education teacher who now likes to write about sports when he is not slashing his way around local golf course. He is also part of the ownership group for Authentic, the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeder's Cup Classic champion

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