Why the Patriots might draft: TE Cole Kmet

Nick Friar
April 01, 2020 - 10:16 am

(The sports world has turned its attention to the NFL Draft. That means we have to figure out which players the Patriots might take in what promises to be one of the most important drafts in the Pats’ recent history. Each day until the draft kicks off on April 23 we will give you some names that the Patriots might be calling.)

Name: Cole Kmet

School: Notre Dame

Position: Tight end

Why the Patriots might draft him: No matter who’s under center for the Patriots, having a big body to throw to is always helpful.

What he’s good at: He’s a pass-catching tight end who’s tough to tackle. In 10 games as a junior at Notre Dame, Kmet had 43 receptions, six of which resulted in touchdowns. He finished with 515 yards on the season, averaging 12 yards per catch. The only person on his team who had higher marks was Notre Dame’s top receiver, Chase Claypool.

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And then there is this: Kmet was a two-sport athlete at Notre Dame before his junior season. As a freshman and sophomore, Kmet was a member of Notre Dame pitching. The lefty made 34 appearances (two starts) in his two seasons, posting a 4.98 ERA and a 9.1 K/9. … Kmet also had four plate appearances as a freshman. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Twitter: @ColeKmet