Cole Kmet favored to be first tight end drafted, but unlikely in first round

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The tight end class in this year’s draft is not a strong one, and Thursday night is likely to come and go without a single tight end hearing his name called.

But whenever the first tight end goes off the board, it’s likely to be Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet who hears his name first.

Kmet, a 6-foot-6, 260-pounder who also pitched for Notre Dame’s baseball team, is a -223 favorite at MGM to be the first tight end drafted.

After Kmet, Dayton’s Adam Trautman has the next-bet odds to be the first tight end drafted at +380. Dayton is not a football powerhouse, but Trautman dominated at a lower level, winning the Pioneer League Offensive Player of the Year Award. Trautman is a good athlete who also played slot receiver and wildcat quarterback in college.

Long shots to be the first tight end drafted are Washington’s Hunter Bryant and FAU’s Harrison Bryant, both at +800. An even longer shot is Missouri’s Albert Okwuegbunam at +1100.

7 responses to “Cole Kmet favored to be first tight end drafted, but unlikely in first round

  1. I’m a big fan of Harrison Bryant. Similar to like an Austin Hooper i think quietly we will realize in a few years that he’s one of the better TE’s in the league.

  2. Trautman will end up being a better tight end. Kmet had what, like 6 tds his entire college career? Trautman had 31, a better blocker, and much better hands. Kmet’s draft position is entirely based on physical tools and potential.

  3. Who better to replace Tyler Eifert in Cincy but another Golden Domer. We could def use a GOOD TE. If he’s sitting there at beginning of day 2…..who knows.

  4. Don’t sleep on Albert O, he won’t go in the first but he could end up being the best TE in this class. I’d like to see him in Denver with his old QB.

  5. I watched Adam Troutman on a regular basis at UD. He was definitely a Man among boys and will be a great draft choice for any team that picks him up. I have no doubt that he is on Belichick’s radar.

  6. I’ve given a higher rating to Kmet then the two Iowa TEs from last year. Kmet is an easy to see first round talent. Just my two cents.

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