Cole Kmet Draft Stock Could be Skyrocketing Heading into Day 1 of the NFL Draft
By Zach Brunner
In what is being regarded as arguably the most talented receiving class in NFL Draft history, the tight end class is relatively shallow. In fact, this looks to be a be a below-average group of rookie tight ends, aside from one name that continues to rise — Cole Kmet.
As a two-sport athlete at Notre Dame, in football and baseball, Kmet has all the makings to be a great tight end in the NFL. Standing at 6-foot-6 and 262 pounds, he has the perfect frame for the position. While he's not speedy (4.7-second 40-yard dash), Kmet is smooth in open space and while be capable of some deep downfield plays.
Where he becomes especially valuable is in his strength and blocking technique. Kmet is both a sound and willing blocker, with the rare ability to be trusted in both run blocking and pass protection. This gives him the skill set to be an every-down player, which is what many contending teams need right now, That helps explain why we could see his name pop up at the end of the first round to one of these teams that feel his is too good to risk missing out on.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, there is almost no question who the first tight end off the board will be, with Kmet having -330 odds to be the first at the position drafted. The odds don't agree with the recent buzz that he could be a first-round pick, however. The over/under for his draft position is set at 41.5, with even odds on both sides.
With comparisons to another former Notre Dame tight end in Kyle Rudolph, it's easy to see why Kmet's draft value has been skyrocketing. We will see if it has risen high enough to hear his name called on the first day of the draft come Thursday.
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