2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: TE Noah Gray

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Noah Gray was a high school quarterback that turned into a fairly productive ACC tight end. What stands out when watching Gray is how detailed he is as a route-runner and how natural his hands are catching the football. Duke primarily played him in the slot and out of the backfield, where he illustrated versatility in terms of where he can line up. At the next level, Gray needs to add a notable amount of functional strength and bulk if he is going to survive playing in line. Otherwise, the teams that he fits are limited to only those that deploy an F tight end. For a move tight end, Gray is missing some of the most impactful skills when it comes to vertical receiving: the ability to challenge the seam and dynamic skills to produce offense after the catch. Gray will need to prove himself to be an asset on special teams to give himself a chance to stick and develop the rest of his game. He projects as a depth tight end that brings some versatility to the table but has notable areas of improvement before he can make a consistent impact in the NFL. 

Ideal Role: Strictly an F tight end and he projects poorly to working in-line in the NFL due to his lack of functional strength and experience in that role.

Scheme Fit: Spread.

Written by Joe Marino 

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Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.

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