Name: Noah Fant
Listed Height: 6’4
Listed Weight: 249
Strengths: Noah Fant is an ultra athletic Y TE with impressive burst and acceleration off the line of scrimmage. He offers some positional versatility, as he shows potential in line while also being a vertical mismatch against defensive personnel. He creates easy separation due to the sinkage of hips at the break point, long strides, and above average ankle flexion which can challenge linebackers and safeties on a linear and horizontal axis. He has been required to run an impressive variance of routes throughout his career at Iowa, which will help his transition to a full NFL route tree. Fant has the ball skills and hands to reliably track and make a play on balls that are above and below the desired placement. His frame and athletic ability allow him to be a reliable option on 50/50 balls, and overall contested catches. He has had exceptional production throughout his career at Iowa, as he finished his tenure with 19 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards receiving. As a blocker, he fits his hands to the chest of the defender and shows a willingness towards physicality at the point of attack. When moving to the second level, he takes coordinated angles which allows him to make contact in an advantageous position.
Weaknesses: Fant’s wiry frame does need to be filled out considerably, as his lower half and upper body does need to add more power. He will at times over extend as a blocker, which doesn’t allow him to access the strength he does possess due to him being off balance. Fixing these issues will allow him to be more consistent as an in line blocker, and round him out as a complete TE prospect. On some occasions, Fant’s break can be elongated due to an increased amount of steps necessary for him to slow down. He does not have plus contact balance which does lead to him sometimes getting knocked off of his route trajectory.
Overview and Insights: In a game that is moving towards vertical mismatches and dangerous passing offenses, Fant matches the prototype that NFL teams are looking for at the TE position. He’s athletic, fluid, and possesses the plus ball skills and tracking ability necessary to consistently make plays down the field. If Fant can thicken up, and add more power and mass into his frame, that will improve his consistency as a blocker and make him a more complete TE prospect. He has incredibly high upside, and it will be impressive to analyze his game once he reaches his ceiling fully.
Round Projection: Late 1st
Ideal Fits: New England, Tennessee, Green Bay
Pro Comparison: Jared Cook
Scout: Nathan Papandrea