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Noah Fant, Iowa: Scouting Report

Biography:
Name: Noah Fant
Height: 6′ 4 1/8″
Weight: 249 lbs.
College: University of Iowa
Position: Tight End
Hand Size: 9 3/4″
Arm Length: 33 1/2″
Year: Junior
Birthday: November 20th, 1997 (age 21)
Major: Biology
Combine Stats:
40-Yard Dash: 4.50 seconds
Bench Press: 20 reps
Vertical Jump: 39 1/2″
Broad Jump: 127″
3-Cone Drill: 6.81 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.22 seconds
60-Yard Shuttle: 11.49 seconds
College Stats:
Games Played: 24
Catches: 78
Receiving Yards: 1,082
Yards Per Catch: 13.9
Touchdowns: 19
Strengths:
– Noah Fant is a super athlete, as excelled in triple jump, high jump and basketball
– Accelerates off snap for immediate seam and attacks with a big initial burst gains easy separations, and also has speed to open it up and take off after catch
– Had nearly one touchdown for every four catches at Iowa, can become a
potential to become a nightmare cover near or in the end zone
-Springy leaper with outstanding catch radius up top, yet can also Sink and scoop low throws
– Able to stay balanced and centered as move blocker and his initial hands as blocker are inside and well-placed
Weaknesses:
– Noah Fant lacks grit and play strength necessary at the point of attack
Needs to compete harder on backside blocks
– Thin through waist and lower body, could get thicker and sacrifice some of his elite speed to fill out and prevent defenders from chipping low
– Should impose frame on defenders to create better catch space and can be affected by route contact, not to mention he must learn to adjust routes and fight through contact
Overall:
Noah Fant is an excellent Pass-catching tight end with the length, acceleration and speed to create matchup challenges both short and long. Fant is at his best in open space and on the move as his catch-focus appears to wane when coverage crowds him or he hears footsteps. He needs to get stronger and more competitive at the point of attack to help a run game, but if that never happens, his ability to uncover and hit big plays will still make him a coveted prize for team’s quarterback ready to add a move tight end as their new matchup toy.
NFL Comparison: Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts
NFL Draft Projection: Top Twenty Pick
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