First on the list is currently rostered tight end and former Duke Blue Devil Noah Gray.
Noah Gray was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Gray is listed on the Chiefs roster at 6’4” 243 lbs. and twenty two years old. This year Gray has turned in seven receptions for thirty six yards and one touchdown. His rookie season numbers won’t show much on the stat sheet this year as much as it will on the game film. What Gray has given the Chiefs this season is his ability to block on the end and down the field.
Coming out of the 2021 NFL Draft, Noah Gray wasn’t a highly rated tight end. While he is just slightly undersized, Gray has the frame to develop into a solid tight end for the Chiefs. With little film to go off for his first year in the league, you can see through his college tape that he has the ability to go up and get the football. Not being used as much a deeper threat, Gray made his living off of underneath routes hauling in more physical catches and turning up field for extra yards.
Gray never eclipsed more than four hundred yards in a season during his time at Duke as their team was more so a run first based offense. He finished his collegiate career with one hundred five receptions, nine hundred forty eight receiving yards, and eight touchdowns.
While Gray still has yet to grow into an NFL body, the measurables and traits are still there for him to turn into a more important piece to this offense. In today’s league we have seen the tight end position take multiple years for a player to start to produce with the acceptance to guys like Kyle Pitts and Pat Frieremuth who have been exceptional since day one. Learning the game and being mentored by the best in game, Travis Kelce, we could see Noah Gray turn into quite the player or he could just be another role player paving the way to the next TE1.