Pat Freiermuth will back up Eric Ebron after being selected in the second round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Freiermuth is an intriguing longterm prospect as a tight end, but he can be ignored in redraft leagues. In Dynasty, he's a borderline top-20 tight end worth a pick in the third round of rookie-only leagues.
Freiermuth has performed well early in training camp, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports. Freiermuth had a strong practice Saturday and made several impressive catches while the team practiced without pads. The tight end suffered a season-ending shoulder injury after appearing in just four games at Penn State in 2020, but he still totaled 1,185 yards and 16 touchdowns across his three collegiate seasons. The 22-year-old will face another test soon when the Steelers practice in full pads, but he appears to be on track to compete for a role in Pittsburgh's offense ahead of the regular season.
The Steelers selected Freiermuth in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 55th overall. Though Kyle Pitts is the headliner of this year's tight-end group, Freiermuth projects as a more conventional player at that spot who can be a difference maker in the Steel City. A local product out of Penn State, Freiermuth was extremely productive when healthy. He caught 69 of 110 targets for 875 yards and 15 touchdowns through his first two seasons and was on a strong pace in 2020 (23 catches, 310 yards, one score) through four games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury that also prevented him from testing at the pro day. As for his fit, Freiermuth should immediately challenge Eric Ebron for the starting tight end spot in Pittsburgh.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
|4||10/03||@Green Bay Packers||5||5.78|
|11||11/21||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
|16||12/26||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||9.68|