Noah Fant, Tight End, University of Iowa:
Noah Fant used to be the consensus number one tight end in this draft class. Now however, his teammate, T.J. Hockenson, is vying for that honor with him. Fant is a great athlete that can blow by both linebackers and defensive backs, which is impressive for a man of his size.
I recommend watching him as he goes through the athletic drills and the positional drills. He is sure to wow on both fronts.
He will likely run a great 40 for a man of his size, and expect him to put up equally impressive explosive numbers in the broad jump and vertical jump. Fant has shown over his college career at Iowa that he is an extremely athletic tight end that can outrun and out-jump just about every player he is lined up against.
Over his career at Iowa, while sharing snaps with Hockenson, Fant caught 78 passes, 1,083 yards, and 19 touchdowns. Fant will be a very dangerous red-zone threat and will also provide a team with a big, reliable target in the middle of the field. And while he isn’t quite the blocker that his teammate Hockenson is, he is still a solid blocker who will do his best to get his job done.
The Lions have not shied away from saying that they need to greatly improve at the tight end position. While they shouldn’t take one at eight, if they trade back to the late first, or if Fant falls to their second round pick; then they should seriously consider drafting this do-it-all weapon to help improve their tight end situation and their offense.