With the 162nd overall pick in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs took Duke tight end Noah Gray. We have insta-grades from the three members of the Arrowhead Pride Nerd Squad.
Kent: We had Noah Gray with a fourth-round grade — and he was one of Jake Stack’s “My Guy” stamps in the 2021 KC Draft Guide. Gray should be a unique addition to the tight end room — someone who can play as an H-back, but may not be a traditional in-line player. Gray showed some ability as a pass catcher — and he just got into an absolutely perfect situation for him. Another high fit — and a great value in the back end of the fifth round.
Craig: Gray is an athletic, move tight end with good agility and good route running ability. He may not have the mass to line up regularly as an in-line blocker, but he would make a lot of sense as an H-back in some 12 personnel looks. Andy Reid’s creativity with tight end screens and leak concepts will definitely apply to Gray, so he could prove to be a nice alternative weapon in the Kansas City offense. This is great value for a player who could contribute early.
Matt: Given his smaller size, Noah Gray won’t be a fit for every team as a traditional tight end — but he’s an incredibly fun player. As a move-tight end or an H-back, Gray gives a ton of effort as a blocker and does a good job making contact out in space. As a receiver, he’s incredibly fluid in and out of his breaks — and has the speed to threaten up the seam. His footwork and hips look like they belong to a wideout rather than a tight end, which will constantly generate receiving mismatches. In the future, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gray get some use as a true H-back or fullback for the Chiefs.
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