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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: TE Tommy Tremble

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  • December 30, 2020
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PROSPECT SUMMARY - TOMMY TREMBLE

Tommy Tremble projects as an F-tight end in the NFL—a flex weapon that will be best served in an offense that doesn’t charge him with playing with his hand in the dirt. Tremble is a plus athlete who offers the long speed and agility to be dynamic as a pass-catcher, but his production to this point has yet to make the leap that you’d want to see to feel confident that he’s going to develop into an upper-level tight end at some point. Tremble has spent his career at Notre Dame caught behind the likes of Cole Kmet and 2020 freshman star Michael Mayer; he’s been the TE2 who is charged with moving around the set or blocking on the perimeter to set up runs and screens to the outside. Tremble’s potential is significant and his effort as a role player has been admirable, so you’ll feel fairly good that Tremble has the right makeup to stick as a developmental player while working himself into a more prominent role as he continues to mature. 

Ideal Role: F-alignment tight end.

Scheme Fit: High motion, high volume perimeter concepts, high play-action passing ratio.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Kyle Crabbs

Games watched: Georgia (2019), Duke (2020), Florida State (2020), Clemson (2020)

Best Game Studied: Clemson (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Florida State (2019)

Hands: Targets have, at times, been hard to come by for Tremble and he’s had a few receptions slip through his fingers. His quarterback didn’t do him any favors with a lack of touch on some of the missed opportunities. You wish you got a bigger body of work but Tremble has shown the ability to catch away from his frame enough to feel comfortable with him projecting into a primary receiving role. 

Route Running: He's a loose, free mover who does well to accelerate and attack space to find separation. He’s worked a lot in the middle of the field and has the frame to continue to thrive there. Tremble should, with more development, become highly effective against safeties and linebackers alike. 

Versatility: Tremble has been used as a multi-tool athlete during his time at Notre Dame. He’s been flexed into the slot and utilized in the backfield alike as an insert blocker or lead option on sweeps and powers testing the perimeter. He’s sufficient on the fringes of the set as a blocker against safeties and outside linebackers, so you’ll get some variety in how he can win for you. 

Competitive Toughness: Tremble has been a gradually developing presence as an athlete, steadily stacking on weight throughout the course of his career with the Irish. He’s still not overly imposing as a blocker and point of attack defenders will have their way with him along the line of scrimmage if he’s charged with assignments against hand-in-the-dirt defenders. You like his effort level and urgency as a player despite not being a focal point. 

Ball Skills: We’ll need to iron out the handful of drops that are on his resume and Tremble really hasn’t afforded too many opportunities down the field to get a feel for how well he tracks the ball vertically up the seam. This isn’t to say he can’t fill that role, but it is an uncertainty at this point. Tremble does have a notable catch radius and should find success beating defenders to the ball at the catch point. 

Blocking Skills: Tremble has very good foot action on his blocks and is persistent to push and collapse the issue when he’s operating on the perimeter. He’ll get defenders in the secondary on their heels and is persistent to push the issue and will redirect well. But when you put him in the box, Tremble isn’t going to claim very many wins or consistency to try to collapse and wash down from an inline position. 

Football IQ: Multi-faceted player who should find a specialized role in the tight end room moving forward. Tremble attacks his assignments with confidence and shows good flexibility to adjust on the fly as landmarks change as a complementary blocker. He should continue to get better with more opportunities in the passing game. 

Run After Catch: Tremble ran in the low 4.6s back at the prep level, so speed is certainly a part of the puzzle here for him. He’s stacked nothing but clean weight and does project as an athlete who can make the first arriving defender miss in the shallow spaces and get up the field to break additional pursuit angles. Tremble is loose, fluid, and not just a linear athlete, either—he’ll shake you one on one if you’re undisciplined to close down on him in shallow spaces; which is where most of his looks have come previously. 

Pass Protection: It is a difficult sell to keep an athlete of Tremble’s stature in on protections in the passing game other than on checks and audibles at the line based on defensive looks. He lacks refinement and functional strength to stand out here.

Big-Play Ability: Any level of optimism here is rooted in projection, but I do feel as though Tremble can become a chunk play creator at the NFL level. His movement skills indicate that finding the right role for him could prompt plenty of more production than he experienced at Notre Dame. 

Prospect Comparison: Ed Dickson (2010 NFL Draft, Baltimore Ravens)

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 76.75/100

Kyle Crabbs: 77.00/100

Joe Marino: 78.00/100

Jordan Reid: 76.00/100

Drae Harris: 76.00/100

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