PROS (+): For a true sophomore, his polish is pretty stellar. He's got a clear and firm grasp on the little things that can lie to defenders — whether that is stalk blocking into a delayed release to leak into space as a pass catcher, how to step around jams at the line of scrimmage with his hand in the dirt or how to attack the football in the air and dominate at the catch point. Nickname is "Baby Gronk" — and while the comparison is ambitious, you can see clearly where it came from. State aligned Freiermuth outside as the boundary receiver in isolation and ran him 1 vs. 1 against linebackers; a testament to his athletic ability and route running for a 260 pound athlete. Strong hands in traffic and carries his speed through the top of routes with sufficient burst — he's going to be a nightmare for safeties and linebackers to draw in coverage. Perhaps just as important is he appears pro ready — did not see any issues with play in the box as a run defender that could threaten his status as an early contributor at the pro level.
CONS (—): Any true negatives on a write up for Freiermuth are more nit-picking than they are anything of legitimate substance. He's already tied the school record for touchdown receptions by a TE — and that is entering the 2020 season with two remaining years of eligibility. Perhaps teams would like to see a more dominant share of the targets this season in order to appease and questions that may linger regarding his ability to fulfill a featured workload in the passing game — his career high for receiving yards was just over 500 yards (2019). Continued versatility in releases versus press will allow him to continue leveling up as a mis-match weapon and if he gets better working on the boundary he can become a truly special threat.