Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
If the Arizona Cardinals want to finish better than 3-13 in 2019 adding some skill position talent would go a long way. While the team already signed tight end Charles Clay to a contract. There is little around him, making one wonder, will the Cardinals draft a tight end in the 2019 draft? If Noah Fant falls to them, they very well could.
If it wasn’t for Fant’s teammate T.J. Hockenson, he could be the premier tight end in the 2019 class. At 6-4, and 249-lbs, size is certainly not an issue, and neither is speed, as he ran a blazing fast 4.50 40-yard-dash at the NFL combine. He also performed admirably in nearly every single other athletic category, as he led tight ends in the vertical jump (39.5-inch), broad jump (127-inch), three-cone-drill (6.81), and 60-yard-shuttle (11.49).
Fant is more than an outstanding athlete. He’s a polished receiver with a complete route tree, soft hands, length, and ideal vision to be effective after the catch. Considering him as anything but a playmaker is wrong, as during his last two years at Iowa he reeled in 18 touchdowns and averaged 14.68 yards per catch. Fant projects favorably to the 2018 version of Eric Ebron; a move tight end that will spread the field vertically but with room for improvement as a run blocker.