Tight end | Iowa | Junior
Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 249 pounds
2018: Played in 12 games for the Hawkeyes but skipped the Outback Bowl to begin preparing for the draft; recorded 39 receptions for 519 yards (13.3 yards per reception) with seven touchdowns; Named a Third-Team All-American by The Associated Press; First-Team All-Big Ten selection by conference coaches; Second-Team All-Big Ten honoree by media
Career: Played in 35 career college games; recorded 78 receptions for 1,083 yards (13.9 yards per reception) with 19 touchdowns (the most scores among Iowa tight ends and third-most among tight ends in conference history); recorded four career games with multiple touchdown catches; Named a Third-Team All-American by The Associated Press in 2018; First-Team All-Big Ten selection by conference coaches and Second-Team All-Big Ten honoree by media as a junior; Third-Team All-Big Ten selection by conference coaches and media in 2017
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Summary: Fant was one of the biggest stars of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, as he had the top time among tight ends in the 40-yard dash (4.50 seconds) while also recording the best vertical jump (39.5 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 7 inches) and time in the 3-cone drill (6.81 seconds). That athleticism helps him get away from defenders and get open.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote that Fant is a “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.”
Fant’s full scouting report on NFL.com can be found here.
Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks and draft analyst Dane Brugler, who writes for The Athletic, are both in agreement on Fant, as both have him as the second-best tight end in the draft. Brooks had Fant third in his initial rankings but moved him up a spot after his combine performance. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has Fant on the rise, ranking him as the 15th overall player on his most-recent list of the Top 50 prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. That was eight spots higher than the previous ranking.
Best of the best: Fant attended Omaha South High School and holds school records for receptions and touchdowns in both a single season and a career.