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3 straight in the 3rd: Tommy Tremble the next 3rd RD TE for the Packers

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Notre Dame held its pro day today. Let’s take a look at a tight end the Green Bay Packers could target in the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Green Bay Packers have selected a tight end in the third-round the previous two years. In 2019, Brian Gutekunst selected Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger with the 75th pick. This past year, Gutekunst selected Cincinnati’s Josiah Deguara with the 94th pick. 

Sternberger has been bitten by the injury bug, playing in just 18 games through two seasons. Deguara suffered a torn ACL early in his rookie season.

It was Robert Tonyan enjoying a breakout season for the Packers at tight end. Tonyan caught 52 passes for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns. After placing a second-round tender on Tonyan this offseason the Packers will have Tonyan for likely his final year in Green Bay in 2021. 

Marcedes Lewis will also be back after getting a new two-year deal from the Packers. Lewis is there to be an extra offensive lineman and anything the veteran tight end offers in the passing game is gravy. 

With Tonyan likely playing in his final year in Green Bay and the uncertainty surrounding Sternberger and Deguara, will Gutekunst use another premium pick on the tight end position? 

A player that could tempt Gutekunst to use a third-round pick on a tight end for a third straight year is Notre Dame’s, Tommy Tremble. 

Tremble’s stats won’t get the box score scouts excited. He finished his Notre Dame career with just 35 receptions, 401 yards, and four touchdowns.

At Notre Dame, he wasn’t asked to be a big factor in the passing game. That doesn’t mean he’s not capable of being a great pass-catching tight end. 

“I didn’t get that many opportunities in the passing game,” Tremble said. “I want to show them at the pro day how dangerous I really can be. I came here as a receiving tight end…I’m really excited to show them how dangerous I can be in the passing game.”

Dane Brugler, The Athletic’s NFL Draft analyst, pegged Tremble as the fourth-best tight end in the draft. Here is what Brugler said about the Notre Dame tight end:

He saw only 53 targets in his Irish career and finished sixth on the team in receiving in 2020 (and didn’t find the end zone).

Although his production is lacking, his tape is enough to get evaluators excited. He displays the competitiveness to be a bulldozer as a run-blocker and ties up defenders in pass pro. He needs to mature as a route-runner and finisher, but he flashes the athleticism and body control to work past underneath defenders and make himself available as a target. Overall, Tremble was underutilized as a receiver in college and therefore unrefined in areas, but he is an ascending pass-catcher and displays the point-of-attack skills to be an asset as a blocker. He projects as a better pro than a college player as he continues to develop.

Tremble has a mean streak as a blocker. He plays with a nasty demeanor. The former three-star recruit is the best blocking tight end in the draft. He’s a tone-setter as a run blocker. 

“I watched a lot of George Kittle and how he attacked his game,” Tremble said. “Not only as a pass-catcher but as a blocker…How he was just violent and finished guys…I really try to emulate the violent side and the crazy side he has for the game.”

Tremble is a well-rounded tight end. He’s pro-ready as a blocker and has untapped potential as a pass-catcher. He has the size and quickness to be a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses.

“Honestly, I see myself as someone that can do all three of those things,” Tremble said. “I lined up in the slot, out wide, on the line, as a fullback. I feel like I’m a guy that can play all those positions. I’m a guy that’s a complete tight end. I can do it all. My greatest strength is my versatility.”

At Notre Dame’s pro day, Tremble ran a 4.60 40-yard dash. He recorded a vertical of 46.5 and had a broad jump of 10-2. On the bench, he put up 20 reps. 

If Tremble falls to the Packers in the third round, Gutekunst could be tempted to make it three straight years taking a tight end in the third round. His versatile skill-set would be enticing.

With the depth the Packers have at tight end for the upcoming season, Tremble could basically redshirt as a rookie and look to breakout when Tonyan likely leaves in free agency following the season. 

A team can never have enough weapons. Tremble is both an asset in the ground game and the passing game. 

 

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