The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t get much production from their tight end group in 2020 and might need to bolster the position this offseason. Florida’s Kyle Pitts will probably be gone by the time they are on the clock with the 25th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but Pat Freiermuth should be available late in the first round and possibly early in the second.
The Jaguars’ tight end room had a combined 68 receptions for 637 yards and two touchdowns. Moreover, James O’Shaughnessy is scheduled to become a free agent and it’s uncertain if the team wants to exercise Tyler Eifert’s contract option.
If Jacksonville moves on from Eifert, they could save $5.25 million in cap space. The team would lose their top passing target at the position, but this year’s tight end draft class will offer some interesting options. Freiermuth offers an ideal solution for a position that has not seen a Pro Bowler since Marcedes Lewis in 2010.
Why should the Jacksonville Jaguars target Freiermuth?
The 6’5″ Penn State tight end can become a matchup nightmare for the Jaguars regardless of who is throwing him the football. He combines soft receiving hands with hard acceleration after the catch. While he possesses impressive yard after the catch ability, he also harbors excellent route-running prowess from both the single back and flex tight end positions.
Many media members and NFL scouts alike are enamored with Freiermuth’s capability to become one of the next above-average receiving tight ends in the NFL. His athleticism knows no bounds and he is also one of the most physical players in the entire draft class.
Freiermuth may not be the most consistent blocker, but make no mistake, he will punish the opposing defenders if given the opportunity. Given his aggressive nature, the Massachusetts native only participated in four games in 2020 before requiring season-ending shoulder surgery.
High praise abounds for the former Nittany Lion, but he will have to become more consistent in his blocking abilities if he wants to be a complete NFL player. Above all, he is a prospect that the Black and Teal should consider with one of their multiple second-round selections in the 2021 NFL draft. The Jaguars could target someone like Jonnu Smith in free agency, but if they want to upgrade the tight end position in the draft, Freiermuth should be their pick.