The following is a 2019 Noah Fant NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Iowa tight end. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting strengths and weaknesses while looking at his NFL player comparison and his projection. Here at NFL Draft Geek we also like to provide all of our play cut ups, video breakdowns and any other important articles that will give our full view of who we think he is as a prospect.
Noah Fant NFL Draft Profile
Height: 6’5 Weight: 241 School: Iowa
- Versatility to line up inline, in the slot or even as an H-Back.
- Smooth mover whose able to change directions and make subtle cuts at top speed.
- Can really accelerate to top speed and seems to have another gear to run away from linebackers and safeties.
- Shows the short area burst to gain separation at the stem.
- Able to high point the ball catching it over defenders.
- Has the ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls making catches low and behind him while he is still running.
- Understands how to use his body to shield defenders to make catches.
- Displays the ability to track the ball downfield.
- Will struggle to consistently maintain blocks either failing to lock up defenders or losing balance.
- Lacks the strength to be anything more than an wall/occupy blocker.
- Can struggle to get off the line against a jam and can even be knocked off his route.
At 6’5 241lbs Noah Fant has the ideal frame of an NFL tight end but looks to be thin in the lower body. Fant displays top end speed for a tight end with the ability to accelerate after a few steps and run away from linebackers and most safeties. While Fant can take some time to build up speed he does show some short area burst that helps him as a route runner.
Fant does a good job of catching the ball but will tend to let the ball come to him and trap it from time to time rather than extending the hands out. He will have a few concentration drops but otherwise has good hands. Because of poor accuracy by his quarterback Nate Stanley, Fant was able to display his catching radius often making catches behind, low and high pointing the ball.
As a blocker Fant has success using his body to seal off defenders or occupy them to allow the running back to run by. Where he runs into trouble is his lack of hand strength and/or upper body to control defenders which allows them to slip off his blocks. Fant also can struggle at times getting too far over his feet causing him to lose balance which can lead to defenders slipping off his blocks.
Fant is your typical move tight end that as a receiving Fant has the potential to be one of the better tight ends in the NFL. He’ll likely never be a great blocker, but if he improves his strength and technique he can be serviceable. Look for Fant to go anywhere in the late first round but shouldn’t last too long in the second round. Teams like the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars are all logical fits.
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