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NFL Rookie Tight Ends That Could Be A Factor In DFS In 2020

Devin Asiasi – New England Patriots
The New England Patriots traded up in the third-round to get the UCLA tight end. Devin Asiasi is the first tight end selected by the team since they drafted Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in the 2010 NFL Draft. Asiasi finished 2019 with 44 receptions for 641 yards and four scores over 12 contests. Although the Pats have been one of the staple NFL picks against the spread things are going to be a bit different this season. The Pats will need Asiasi to step up big in his rookie campaign.

The 6’3”, 280-pound tight end had an incredibly low drop rate of 2.2 percent and regularly ran deeper routes. He isn’t much of a blocker, so his snaps could be somewhat limited. Regardless if the Patriots start Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham, the tight end could eventually be a massive target for one of the two.

Cole Kmet – Chicago Bears
The first tight end off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft lands in a strange spot. Cole Kmet has all the tools to be a DFS producer, but the state of the Chicago Bears depth chart is a bit strange. Kmet will join 33-year-old Jimmy Graham, who could teach him a thing or two. Graham’s presence will limit Kmet’s snaps, as the Bears ran 59.3 percent of plays in the 11 personnel (one tight end), 11.5 percent of plays in the 21 personnel (one tight end), and 4.2 percent of plays in the 20 personnel (no tight ends). You can say that Kmet wasn’t exactly an NFL consensus pickto go to the Bears since they spent the money on Graham and are deep at the position, but who are we to question a GM like Ryan Pace.

Kmet’s metrics are impressive. The 21-year-old’s 4.70 40-yard dash time is solid for his size (6’6”, 260-pounds) and his speed score ranks within the 83rd percentile. His catch radius in the 66th percentile is very strong as well. The Notre Dame product caught 43 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns in just 10 games last season. He’s a true athlete that simply needs snaps

Albert Okwuegbunam – Denver Broncos

Sure, there’s a lot of mouths to feed in this Denver Broncos offense, but Albert Okwuegbunam has a college teammate on his side. Drew Lock and Okwuegbunam played together at Missouri. In 2018, Okwuegbunam caught six of Lock’s 28 touchdown passes. The NFL odds are stacked up against the Broncos this season as they push their chips in with Drew Lock and a lot of young offensive firepower.

The tight end logged the top 40-yard dash time in the combine at the position at 4.49 (99th percentile), including a speed score that ranked just as well. With offensive weapons such as Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and Melvin Gordon, Okwuegbunam could slide under opposing defense’s radars. Yes, Noah Fant is currently in front of the rookie, but Fant’s 27th-best DYAR and 28th-best DVOA among tight ends in 2019 leaves little to desire.

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