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Noah Gray NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Kansas City Chiefs TE

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Duke tight end Noah Gray (87) makes a catch during warm-ups before playing against Virginia Tech in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Durham, N.C.  (Nell Redmond/Pool Photo via AP)
Nell Redmond/Associated Press

HEIGHT: 6'3"

WEIGHT: 240

      

POSITIVES

— Good athlete with good foot quickness and body control.

— Good route-runner, flashes the ability to set up and break off DBs with his lateral quickness and is a legit threat on extended breaking routes like double-moves. Knows how to throttle down in soft spots versus zone coverage.

— Tough player who fights and strains in the run game, willing blocker who Duke asked to line up in the backfield to lead block at times.

— Good, natural hands. Comfortable maximizing his catching range and willing to go over the middle. Flashes ability to come down with contested catches.

       

NEGATIVES

— Undersized with shorter arms that limit any room for growth and his catching radius. 

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— Fights in the run game but lacks the ability to sustain because of below-average size, length and play strength.

     

2020 STATISTICS

10 G, 29 rec., 285 yards, 9.8 avg., 2 TD

      

OVERALL

Noah Gray is a fluid athlete who will be an F-only TE at the NFL level because of his lack of size and length. Gray brings good route-running ability and a route tree that extends into double-moves with good foot quickness, lateral agility and body control.

Gray is undersized for his position and has below-average arm length that limits his contested catch and blocking ability at the next level, but he does fight with his blocking and consistently shows good eyes on his assignments.

Overall, Gray is a backup F TE who has enough route-running ability to win against DBs and brings enough toughness and athleticism to have an impact on special teams. However, his ability to play more than a handful of offensive snaps per game will come down to whether he can continue to win on routes despite his lack of overwhelming size and length.

     

GRADE: 6.5/10 (Round 7)

OVERALL RANK235/300

POSITION RANK: TE8

PRO COMPARISON: Trey Burton

    

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice

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