2020: Torn Labrum
2019: OSU, Michigan, Iowa, 2020: Nebraska
Solid as both a receiver and a blocker. As a receiver, versatile who lines up in multiple spots and is a big body to cover. He catches with his hands and shows the mentaility to high point and make tough catches. As a blocker, he typically stays low through initial contact and can anchor well enough against most linebackers. In space, he usually finds a guy and tries to drive him away.
He lacks breakaway speed and consistency. He tends to get too high while blocking and lose leverage. He needs to be better at giving chip blocks. Should work on subtle head fakes and body movement to help him create more space when receiving. He can run some lazy routes making it easy to keep up with him.
Pat played 3 games wtih a torn labrum this past season before ending his season wth surgery. He has great size for the position as being adequately nicknamed "Baby Gronk." As a receiver, he lacks great speed and subtle quickness and has a hard time creating separation. He knows how to use his body to shield defenders and use his hands the high point and catch the ball though. If he has space, he has the ability to get some YAC but often, the defender is in farily tight coverage with him already. He shows versatility in lining up in multiple spots on the offense whether it be in-line, as an H-back, in the slot and also occasionally outside the numbers although an athletic enough LB typically can keep close coverage with him. As a blocker, he shows the will and general technical aspsects to be a great blocker for a TE. He tends to get too high in his blocks and can often give away initial leverage but often, it is long enough to make the defender obsolete in the play. A quicker and/or stronger defender can quickly manuever to get around him with ease as well. In space, he sometimes gets stuck and does not attack a defender allowing them to make a play or causing him to be too late to create more space for the ball carrier. Coming out of collgee, he already has great traits to be more of a successful blocker initially but can also make some receptions as needed while he works on his route running and subtle quickness. He would be a great day 2 additional for a needy team.
Pat has plus athleticism across the board, he is not elite in any level but solid athlete combined with his size make him naturally dangerous. He can become even more dangerous by working on his flexiblity and especially his knee bend to help in in blocking to help gain leverage. This will allow him to play with more strength as well and become more dominant as a blocker. He moves very well and has decent subtle quickness. Increasing his ankle flexibilty will allow him to use subtle quickness a little better in his short and intermediate routes.
Big Play Ability
Spacing & Timing
Freiermuth is already a good receiver with room for imprvement. He could work on more release technique but often has enough burst and with his size and create some space to get offo the LOS. He can run some lazy routes and does not have elite quickness to create separation. He understansd how to use his body to box out defenders though very well. He typically attacks the ball at the point of attack but occasionally lets the ball come to his body which he occasionally drops as well. He shows very strong hands to catch tough catches as well. He gives the QB a great catch radius and as long as the QB places the ball in a spot where he can box someone out, he has a good chance at coming down with the ball.
Freiermuth is a willing and very able blocker alraedy. He uses his hands well and has a pretty good leg drive. He isn't a mauler but he always tries to win each block and push the defender out of the way. He knows how to use his hands and can block well in space. He blocks well enough in line creating just enough space for a runner without getting pushed back. He rarely pass blocks though so that would be a new challenge for him. His biggest weakness is when he gets too far forward in his stance, he makes for an easy rip move victim.
Blocking in Space
Pat seems to be a strong competitor in general. He is extremely tough and not afraid of the tast at hand. He also played most of last season with a torn labrum before opting out the rest of the season. He usually does a good job of going and getting the ball and is not afraid to get involved in the blocking game. Occasionally he seems a little lazy on some plays so I'd like to see a more consistent high motor throughout the game as well
Aggression & Toughness
Catch Point Mentality
He seems to be a pretty intelligent player, understanding how to use his body during play to make up for some of his weaknesses. He seems to have good play awareness without making costly mistakes. Shows good instincts as a blocker and reciever and could be used in multiple positions, as a TE, and H-back and also a WR occasionally.