Buffalo Bills 2021 NFL Draft Prospects to Know: TE Pat Freiermuth
The tight end position is one that the Buffalo Bills have probably played closed attention to leading up to the NFL Draft. One of the top players at this position is Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth. This is a closer look at Freiermuth’s resume and how he might fit with the Buffalo Bills.
Weight: 251 pounds
Pat Freiermuth played in 25 games over three seasons for Penn State and finished with 92 receptions, 1,185 receiving yards and an impressive 16 touchdowns. He also had a good average yards per reception for a tight at 12.9 yards per reception.
This past season was shortened for Freiermuth due to a shoulder injury. However, when he was on the field he was a big part of their offense and average 5.75 receptions and 77.5 receiving yards per game.
NFL.com’s Scouting Report by Lance Zierlein
"He’s athletic and has good build-up speed down the seam to attack the second level. However, he’s average in separating underneath. Will need to do a better job of accessing his basketball background and putting a body on defenders to “block out” and create space for the throw. He’ll need to have his season-ending injury vetted, but he has Day 2 talent for teams looking to bolster their 12 personnel package or add production from their Y tight end."
How he would fit on the Buffalo Bills
If the Buffalo Bills were to draft Pat Freiermuth he would be the team’s best tight end and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him enter the season as the starter. He is a tight end that may not have the athletic ability of Kyle Pitts but he is probably a little bit more well-rounded.
As Lance Zierlein notes, Freiermuth has the ability to not only be a good pass catching tight end but also be productive as a run blocker. When considering the Buffalo Bills want to improve their run game, adding a tight end like Freiermuth makes sense for this offense.
The selection of Pat Freiermuth would make sense as a second round selection and potentially be a target if they trade out of the first round or even trade up in the second if the Penn State tight end starts to fall into the middle of the round.