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NY Jets: 4 mid-round tight ends to target in the 2021 NFL Draft

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1. NY Jets draft target: Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

Tommy Tremble could be next in the long line of Notre Dame tight ends to find success in the NFL. And much like the aforementioned McKitty, Tremble is very likely to be a much more productive pro player than he was in college.

Tremble never topped 20 catches in a season at Notre Dame with his best year coming in 2020 when he amassed 19 catches for 218 yards. He was a product of a deep skill-position group, and thus saw fewer targets than his predecessors.

But make no mistake about it, Tremble has all the traits necessary to be a very solid NFL player.

At 6-foot-3, 241 pounds, combines good size with above-average athleticism that makes him a dual-threat as both an in-line blocker and receiving threat.

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Tremble is a physical blocker who is comfortable as a move tight end and has experience lining up as both a fullback and H-back as well. On top of that, he’s a smooth route-runner with sharp footwork giving him potential to develop into a dynamic receiver.

He lacks experience having only played two seasons at Notre Dame before turning pro, and that lack of experience is evident on tape. Tremble is unrefined as both a blocker and receiver.

He has a tendency to rush his blocks and almost seems to overpursue defenders by lunging. And as a receiver, he could make better use of his large frame to shield defenders from the ball. As of now, he relies too much on body catches which led to some issues with drops.

But at just 20-years-old (he turns 21 in June), Tremble has all the traits to become a well-rounded, dynamic tight end in the NFL.

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He’ll need some time to develop, but if you’re looking for upside on Day 2, Tremble makes a ton of sense for the Jets or any other team eyeing an upgrade at tight end.

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