Should the Giants draft a tight end?
When it comes to the tight end position, the New York Giants currently have four on their roster with Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, Kaden Smith and Levine Toilolo all under contract for the upcoming season.
My guess is that at least one of the players I just listed above will not be on the Giants’ 53-man roster when the 2021 regular season begins.
Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus has released an article naming a “forward-thinking prospect fit” for every NFL team. He chose Penn State University tight end Pat Freiermuth, who is a Rob Gronkowski kind of player.
The Giants already have two starting-caliber tight ends on the roster in Evan Engram and the newly signed Kyle Rudolph on his two-year deal. Neither player is likely to factor into the Giants’ long-term plans at the position.
Rudolph will turn 32 years old next season, and Engram will be playing on the fifth-year option on his rookie contract in 2021. Injuries and inconsistent play have led to disappointing results for the former Ole Miss Rebel throughout that contract.
Freiermuth is a clear tier below Pitts in this tight end class, but he’s also a tier above any other tight end available as the 43rd-ranked player on PFF’s Big Board. The next-closest tight end prospect is Miami’s Brevin Jordan at 97th overall. Freiermuth has the size and ball skills to contribute early in a passing attack over the middle of the field, and he was a strong run-blocker for much of his collegiate career at Penn State.
His addition in the second round would allow the Giants to run plenty of varied personnel groupings with three capable tight ends in 2021 while giving them a young, cheaper option at the position moving forward.
It will be almost impossible for Florida tight end Kyle Pitts to fall to the Giants, so if they want to add a rookie as insurance in case Engram doesn’t fix his issues with dropping the football, then Freiermuth wouldn’t be a bad option.
You also have to remember that the Giants signed Rudolph to a two -year deal. So if they don’t keep Engram, they could also draft a tight end in 2022 and keep Rudolph for another year.
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