Hands: 6 Ball Skills: 6 Run Blocking: 4
Athleticism: 6 Route Running: 5 Run After Catch: 6 Pass Blocking: 6
(Explanation of grades can be found here.)
Games Watched: @Georgia (A22) vs Iowa State (A22) vs Virginia (C) vs Boston College (C)
Strengths: Kmet shows a lot of potential as a mismatch receiving weapon. He’s a hands catcher who very rarely drops passes. Is able to make great catches outside of his frame. Has a great vertical and can climb the ladder on jump balls. His combination of size, speed and strength make him an NFL quality athlete. Can stretch a defense vertically through the seam. A mismatch weapon in the red zone. Has ideal size and strength for the position. When running after the catch, he consistently gets yards after contact, always driving his legs. Has a dangerous stiff arm. Doesn’t miss assignments in pass protections. Flashes good strength in run blocking.
Weaknesses: Struggles a lot with angles and technique when asked to run block. Will often attack the wrong shoulder allowing the defender an easier path to the ball carrier. Too often hesitates when trying to get to his defender. Sometimes whiffs on blocks all together due to poor balance and footwork. Missed multiple blocks in every game watched. When running routes, he doesn’t have the quickness to make smooth cuts. Almost all of his routes have rounded breaks.
What we need to learn about him: Can he make contested catches at the next level. While his ball skills looked good when open, he hasn’t proven he can make tough catches in traffic. He has the ideal size and strength to be a good run blocking tight end, but can he learn to take better angles?
Scheme: Moved around a lot at Notre Dame, spending most of his time either as an inline TE or as an H-Back. Has significant experience playing from the slot and in the backfield. Was put in motion a lot. His most common routes were quick outs, drags and seams. Was the second most targeted receiver on Notre Dame’s run first offense. Has lots of experience on special teams playing on kick return, kick coverage, and field goal teams.
Injury History: 2019- Broke his collarbone in fall camp. Missed two games.
Summary: Cole Kmet is a versatile Tight End who has the receiving skills to be a solid receiving option from a variety of spots on the offense, but needs to become a much better run-blocker to be a team’s starting TE.