NFL Draft Scouting Report: George Kittle

University of Iowa
Tight End #46
Senior 6’4″ 247

  • Excellent inline blocker
  • Reliable hands
  • Very athletic
  • Used sparingly in the pass game in College
  • Will need to add a little more bulk

George Kittle was rated a 3-star wide receiver recruit coming out of Norman High School in Oklahoma. He chose to sign with Iowa and was redshirted for the 2012 season. During his redshirt season, Kittle was asked to bulk up to become a tight end. He was used sparingly on offense during his first two seasons at Iowa serving mostly as a special teams player.

Kittle began his junior season at Iowa as a starting tight end. He became a reliable receiver for the Hawkeyes and a key contributor in the red zone, scoring ten touchdowns combined over his junior and senior seasons. He also was a key in the run game, where his blocking helped pave the way for a string rushing attack.

What stands out most about Kittle on the field is his blocking. Like most players coming from Iowa, Kittle technique is advanced in comparison to most college players. He is extremely tenacious when blocking and also goes from whistle to whistle. He is quick off the snap and often gets below the pads of the defender he is blocking and uses his strength to drive defenders off the ball:

Kittle also possesses the ability to be a nice piece in an NFL passing game. He has soft hands and is a good threat in the red zone. He also is a very good and underrated athlete that does a good job working the middle of the field:

Kittle is a very underrated part of this tight end class which is loaded with talent. Because of Iowa’s offense, Kittle has some untapped ability as a receiver. He showed at the NFL Combine and at his pro day that he has the athletic ability to succeed in the NFL. Couple that with his tremendous blocking and you have a starting caliber tight end and a possible steal for a team on the late second day or early third day of the draft.

Round Value: 3rd/4th Round

Player Comparison: Brent Celek

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