Jordan is back, and this time he is here with some 2021 NFL Draft TE steals. These guys may be lucky to hear their name on Day Three. But it doesn’t diminish their potential value to an NFL franchise in 2021 and beyond.
Tre’ McKitty, Georgia (Senior, 6′ 4″, 247 lbs)
If you looked at stats alone, McKitty would not be jumping off the page. Take some time to look deeper into his tape, and you see the potential to be a NFL starter. McKitty has shown the ability to line up everywhere on the field as a receiver. He has explosive speed off the line mixed with great route running. One thing that stands out on tape was his ability to find space in zone coverage. After the catch, he is able to snap his head around and getting extra yards upfield. He is a willing blocker and is effective at sealing running lanes.
Tre’ McKitty hasn’t been lucky when it comes to how coaches have used him in college. Injuries have harmed his development, too. This has dropped his draft stock. He is a smart football player; teams will see his potential as a well-rounded TE. A 3rd to 4th Round pick could be a solid grab.
Luke Farrell, Ohio State (RS Senior, 6′ 6″, 250 lbs)
One thing we have learnt from Farrell’s time with the Buckeyes is how good his blocking abilities are. He has real explosiveness in his drive off the line of scrimmage. He gets his hands in the right position and engages the correct blocking techniques in the run and passing game. Although Farrell hasn’t had lots of opportunities to showcase his receiving ability, he has capable hands. With the ball is in his hands, he can break tackles in the open field.
With Luke Farrell not being able to showcase his receiving ability with the Buckeyes offensive scheme, his draft stock may have taken a tumble. What scouts will see from Farrell is the team player he is, and his willingness to do it all in the blocking game. He performs all aspects of his game to a high standard. Farrell could be a Day Three steal in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Tony Poljan, Virginia (RS Senior, 6′ 7″, 225 lbs)
Tony Poljan has only been playing the TE position for 2 years. That being said, he has shown a lot of promise as a receiver and has steadily improved at the position. His main quality is his catching ability. Poljan has the height and an incredible wingspan that makes him hard to cover. He still needs to brush up on his consistency when catching, as he drops the simple catches. Poljan is solid when it comes to run blocking but needs to work on his pass protection.
Poljan has lots of areas that need work. His move from the QB position took time, but he has shown progression in his 2 years of playing at the TE position. He has a high level of footballing IQ. Poljan will have to put in a lot of work if drafted, but the potential is there. A team could take a chance on him in the late rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Kylen Granson, SMU (Senior, 6′ 3″, 242 lbs)
There are 25 TEs in the 2021 NFL Draft class. Sitting slap bang at the bottom of that pile is Kylen Granson. For the life of me, I can’t see why. Granson has a vice like grip when catching the ball, and secures it while at the same time turning up field in one motion. His route running is adequate, but is great at finding gaps in zone coverage. He is a beast in the run blocking game and rarely gets knocked out of his anchor. He isn’t the tallest of TEs but does make up for it with his strength and soft catching hands.
Granson hasn’t faced the toughest opposition, but he has fared well with the defences he has faced. He has shown a great work ethic and leadership on the field. Teams may take a stab at Granson on Day Three of the 2021 NFL Draft. If he doesn’t find his way to a team via the draft, then I have no doubt he will be picked up as an undrafted prospect.