Cole Kmet

Notre Dame
TE08

Prospect Info

College
Notre Dame
Hometown
Class
Lake Barrington, IL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
262 lbs
33”
Hands
10 1/2”

Prospect Grade

6.34
Will be starter within first two seasons
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.7
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
123.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.44
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.41
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

It doesn't take long for Kmet (pronounced kuh-met) to get home from school for the holidays. The Lake Barrington, Illinois, native was a top-five tight end prospect (top-100 overall recruit) nationally out of St. Viator High School before heading a couple of hours east to South Bend. Kmet actually signed up to be a dual-sport athlete, leading the baseball team with eight saves in addition to playing all 13 games as a reserve freshman (two receptions, 14 yards). He focused on football as a sophomore, becoming a larger part of the offense in 11 games played (15 receptions, 162 yards, 10.8 average). Kmet became a primary target for quarterback Ian Book in 2019, catching 43 passes for 515 yards (12.0 per) and six touchdowns. He started 11 games, missing the season's first two contests with a broken collarbone.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Tyler Higbee
Overview
Long bodied, early entry Y tight end prospect who is a better pass threat than run blocker at this stage. Kmet should continue to fill out his frame, but his run blocking is too scattered and needs better focus and efficiency as a pro. He can be jammed and slowed by early contact into his route, but once he's striding, he becomes a legitimate second-level threat with sneaky separation speed and intriguing ball skills. He's still developing and could be a slow starter headed into the league, but he has the talent to eventually become a solid starter as a pass-catching in-line tight end with the ability to mismatch from the slot with his size.
Strengths
  • Good size with long arms and more mass likely to be added
  • Will come across formation and land a blow on wham blocks
  • Adequate hand placement and runs feet through the block
  • Nice job of staying connected to base blocks with lateral slides
  • Gets defenders off of him downfield for catch space
  • Calm in the air to adjust and bring it in
  • Can go get the ball wherever it is thrown
  • Heavy inside his pads with ability to absorb contact
  • Rumbles after catch, treating tacklers like bumper cars
Weaknesses
  • Body control and strength as a blocker need work
  • Below-average instincts and angles as move blocker
  • Inefficient and slow getting into block fits
  • Needs to play with earlier inside hands and rolled hips at point of attack
  • Too tall coming off the ball and into his routes
  • Has issues playing through contact within the first five yards
  • Upright into brakes, allowing defenders to read and jump routes
  • Questionable hand strength to secure contested catches
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league