Kemari Averett breakdown
Position: Tight End
School: Bethune-Cookman University
Measurables: 6’6 250 pounds
NFL Comparison: Martellus Bennett
At 6’6 250 pounds, a guy his size shouldn’t be able to fly over the field like he does. In 2022, Kemari Averett had 39 receptions for 445 yards and 7 touchdowns. Some might consider that to be a down year, but Averett was double covered for most of his games due to his production in 2021. In 2021, Averett recorded 52 receptions for 888 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Before coming to Bethune-Cookman, Averett spent 2 years at Louisville and recorded 15 catches for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Awards: All-SWAC, HBCU All-American
Averett is a big body receiving tight end that has developed well into one of the elite tight ends in all of college football. He is athletic enough to make the most difficult catches look routine. Averett does a great job of using body to box out defenders and steam roll them to gain extra yards after the catch. In today’s NFL, a tight end that can extend plays after the catch is just as important as one that can block at the line. With that being said, Averett fits into every NFL offense. He can put his hand in the ground to block or become the go-to receiver on each and every down. The ceiling for Averett is as high as he wants to take it.
Besides going to a small school, I believe every college tight end can improve as a blocker. Even though the NFL is very much a passing league, the run will still be an important factor. Having a tight end that can run block and make a play down field in the passing game is dual threat. That’s what made NFL tight end great Rob Gronkowski irreplaceable.
Best Fit: Washington Commanders and Green Bay Packers,
Draft Projection: Round 3-4