2. Noah Fant, Iowa
6-4, 249: While he’s not as big as TJ Hockenson, and he’s not as good a prospect, he’s faster, stronger, and quicker. He’d probably be the No. 1 tight end on the board, but there’s that former teammate of his taking all the limelight.
Even with Hockenson in the same offense, Fant managed to catch 69 passes over the last two seasons for 1,013 yards and 18 touchdowns. With his pass catching ability and good-enough tools, he’s a starter right out of the gate.
In the right system, he could be a 75-catch player and turn into another Zach Ertz – he’ll be a go-to target anywhere eon the field.
While he’ll block, that’s the difference – he’s not the hitter that Hockenson is. He’s the epitome of a big wide receiver playing tight end – being a volume-catching matchup nightmare will be more than good enough.
Projected Round: First
Real Value: First