Cole Kmet – Part 1 – College Evaluation

Kmet is a one year starter at the University of Notre Dame, or Tight End University as they’ve become over the years. He had solid production, catching 43 passes for 515 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2019.

Athletic Ability: 6.9/10

Kmet has NFL-Caliber athleticism and it shows on tape, often times being able to handle his own against good linebackers and creating space to make the big play. We saw a few times where the play would breakdown, and Kmet had the ability to find the open space and make the play while his quarterback was under pressure.

Cole Kmet tackled by Nick Grant.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 28: Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Cole Kmet (84) is tackled by Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Nick Grant (1) in action during a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Virginia Cavaliers on September 28, 2019 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Toughness: 7.5/10

There’s a lot to like about his physical profile. He’s a big guy at 6’5” and 250 pounds, but needs to improve as a blocker. There were times in 2019 where you’d see him over powered or shed pretty easily. We expect that to improve as it just takes time, practice, and coaching to excel in that area.

Hands: 7.3/10

He’s got a big wingspan, and you saw that a few times in catching passes away from his body. At the NFL level, you’d expect him to have better quarterback play, and knowing he can make the big catch will be very helpful for him.

Cole Kmet stiff arms Marcus Valdez
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 23: Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Cole Kmet (84) battles with Boston College Eagles defensive end Marcus Valdez (97) in game action during a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Boston College Eagles on November 23, 2019, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

YAC (Yards After the Catch): 6.6/10

Kmet can make the big play, but facing NFL talent every Sunday will be a big proving ground to see if he can shed tacklers on a regular basis to move the chains.

Route Running: 6.4/10

Notre Dame often motioned Kmet around the package, and the route tree he had to run was better than some of the other players we’ve evaluated thus far. Moving to the NFL, there’s going to be a lot more asked of him, and we expect him to be able to handle it, but we need to see it to believe it.

Cole Kmet shows his athleticism against USC.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 12: Cole Kmet #84 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish gets tripped up after catching a pass against Kana’i Mauga #26 of the USC Trojans in the second half of the game at Notre Dame Stadium on October 12, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated USC 30-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)