Steelers scouting report: TE Pat Freiermuth is well-rounded, but unspectacular
By Tommy Jaggi
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- Good overall size, but below-average arm length (32 1/2”) and wingspan (77 3/4”)
- Inconsistent play-to-play as a blocker; disengages too easily at times
- Needs to work on his leg drive and staying square through his blocks
- Far too many concentration drops
- Not a great athlete with virtually no speed to pull away from defenders down the seem
- No athletic testing numbers from his Pro Day, but results wouldn’t have been great
- Still raw as a route-runner; did not have a big route tree at Penn State
- Physical, but not a lot of wiggle after the catch
- Despite age (turns 23 in October) still somewhat raw as a football player
- Shoulder injury that caused him to miss all but 4 games in 2020 is a bit of a concern
Pat Freiermuth really needs to clean up his technique as a blocker. Depending on the game or specific clip you watch, he can look dominant at the point of attack or leave you scratching your head. He often lets defenders disengage too easily and needs to do a better job keeping his body square and driving through his blocks until the whistle.
As a receiver, Freiermuth had too many concentration drops at Penn State, and this is something he will need to clean up if he wants to be that reliable option of the middle of the field for Ben Roethlisberger (or to develop trust with whomever the next quarterback will be in Pittsburgh). He’s also raw as a route runner and had a limited route tree in college.