28 Nov 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

Penn State's Pat Freiermuth (87) scores off a 16 yard pass form Sean Clifford (14) during first quarter action of the game with Michigan State. No. 6 Nittany Lions defeated the Spartans, 28-7, on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Spartan Stadium on Oct. 26, 2019. Photo by Mark Selders

Junior | 6’5″, 256 lbs | October 25, 1998 | Merrimac, MA

A prototypical modern tight end with strong hands, long arms, and a high motor style of play.

Pat Freiermuth enters the 2020 season tied for the most career touchdown receptions by Penn State tight end, and he still has at least a whole season left in his college career. The first team All-Big Ten performer looks to improve his already stellar body of work, and increase his draft stock along with it. He has been dubbed “Baby Gronk” by QB Sean Clifford due to his large stature and productivity, and he has the chance to prove that he deserves the moniker with a big season in State College.

Strengths

  • Strong hands that snatch the ball
  • Handles collisions well
  • Finds holes in coverage and exploits them
  • Ball tracking
  • Catch in traffic
  • Hard to bring down
  • Effort/Willingness to block in the run game
  • Good Frame
  • Separation via size

Areas To Improve:

  • Release: can be slow to get going
  • RAC Ability
  • Cut Sharpness
  • Stemming his routes
  • Pad level when run blocking
  • Wide hands away from chest plate

Way Too Early Prediction:

Freiermuth has the potential to be an optimal modern tight end, capable of lining up both as an in-line tight end or in the slot. While his ideal route tree is that of a typical tight end, his athletic ability allows him to run most routes at a sufficient level. While he can fit both roles, he currently fits best as an H-Tight End due to his blocking deficiencies, but he could fit well as a Y-Tight End if he polishes up his blocking. NFL franchises who favor the use of tight ends should at the minimum be giving him a look in the upcomming draft. A good 2020 will have him in deep contention to be TE1 in the draft, and even if Freiermuth is not the first to go, he wont be on the board after Day 2.

What To Watch For:

Freiermuth is the top returning receiver for Nittany Lions signal caller Sean Clifford, and as a result he will more than likely see a heavy dose of passes coming his way. With Clifford’s skill set a tight end is the perfect pass catcher, so when that gets thrown into the mix it can only mean good things for Freiermuth. Watch for improvement in the nuances of run blocking and the subtle details of his route running. If he can buff out those aspects of his game he has a real shot to go before any other tight end in the 2021 Draft.

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