Noah Fant

Iowa
TE

Prospect Info

College
Iowa
Hometown
Class
NE
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
249 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.90
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Denver
Broncos
Round 1 ‧ Pick 20
40 Yard Dash
4.5u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
39.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
127.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.81
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.22
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.49
Seconds
 

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Thought Fant was a two-time All-Nebraska selection and school record-holder for receptions for Omaha South High School, he decided the University of Iowa would be his best fit. He wanted to be the next Hawkeye tight end to make it to the NFL, and also has interest in becoming an orthopedic surgeon after his playing days are done. Fant is surgical about his ability to beat defenses and showed glimpses of that talent in his true freshman 2016 season (9-70-7.8, one TD in 11 games as a reserve). Coaches got him involved in the offense more regularly in 2017. He responded by earning third-team All-Big Ten accolades after catching 30 passes for 494 yards (16.5 average) and 11 touchdowns, including one in his team's win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl. Fant increased his production as a junior (39-519-13.3, seven TD) to garner first-team All-Big Ten notice and third-team All-American honors from the Associated Press. He started eight of 12 games played on the year, skipping the Hawkeyes' bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft after declaring his intention to be an early entrant.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Eric Ebron
Overview
Pass-catching tight end with the length, acceleration and speed to create matchup challenges both short and long. Fant is at his best in open space and on the move as his catch-focus appears to wane when coverage crowds him or he hears footsteps. He needs to get stronger and more competitive at the point of attack to help a run game, but if that never happens, his ability to uncover and hit big plays will still make him a coveted prize for teams ready to add a move tight end as their new matchup toy.
Strengths
  • Mega-athlete who excelled in triple jump, high jump and basketball
  • Accelerates off snap for immediate seam and attacks
  • Big initial burst gains easy separations
  • Runs with long, loose strides downfield
  • Speed and play talent to work all areas of the field
  • Had nearly one touchdown for every four catches at Iowa
  • Springy leaper with outstanding catch radius up top
  • Sinks and scoop low throws
  • Speed to open it up and take off after catch
  • Has potential to become a nightmare cover near end zone
  • Able to stay balanced and centered as move blocker
  • Initial hands as blocker are inside and well-placed
Weaknesses
  • Thin through waist and lower body
  • Lacks grit and play strength necessary at the point of attack
  • Needs to compete harder on backside blocks
  • Too affected by route contact
  • Must learn to adjust routes and fight through contact
  • Allows off-man defenders off the hook with dull routes
  • Should impose frame on defenders to create better catch space
  • Senses traffic and loses focus, leading to drops
  • Slow to turn and find ball and make adjustments to under-throws
  • Inconsistent finding unoccupied space against zone

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league