He has enough speed to get open utilizing his route running, but in a straight line he probably has about average tight end speed.
Freiermuth is a sure handed target as he is able haul in catches in traffic in addition to being able to make plays on difficult throws. He does a good job of utilizing his hands and big frame to make catches.
He is a very sound route runner. Despite his size, he is able to make quick cuts to shake defending linebackers on a variety of routes and find himself space all across the field. Against zone coverage, he is able to find soft spots in the defense.
His strength is notable whenever he's on the field. Whether shedding would be tacklers, coming down with contested catches, or holding onto blocks, Freiermuth uses his great strength in all facets of his game.
Freiermuth is a solid run blocker and he is able to get to blocks down the field on the second level of the defense. He can engage defenders and help open up holes for Penn State RBs. He needs to work on his effort level on a play to play basis when blocking because he has the size and strength to be a quality run blocker.
He uses his quickness to get create space when running routes, but is not particularly agile in the open field.
Run After Catch
Freiermuth uses his size and strength to shed and run through defenders during his run after the catch. Defenders sometimes seem hesitant to tackle such a big body as he can deliver some big blows. However he lacks agility in the open field and can improve on turning up the field after catches.
Big Play Ability
Though he has a knack for scoring touchdowns, Freiermuth doesn't possess the speed or run after catch ability to consistently produce big gains down the field for the Nittany Lions.
Pat Freiermuth is a strong tight end with good route running abilities and reliable hands. His solid run blocking ability allows him to be an every down tight end for Penn State. He has a knack for scoring touchdowns and tracks the ball well in the air.
Freiermuth does not possess top end speed or agility which limits his run after catch capabilities. Additionally, if he wants to be an every down tight end at the next level he can add some weight and make sure he puts in hard effort blocking every down.
Pat Freiermuth has all the skills required to be a reliable tight end at the next level. In 2 years at Penn State he has 15 receiving touchdown and is a target his QBs often look for in key situations. At 6'5" and 256lbs, Freiermuth has good size for a tight end but could use some more weight as he transitions to the NFL. Aside from gamebreaking speed and agility, which can't really be expected too much from a tight end, it's hard to find weaknesses in his game that would be difficult to fix. Overall, with one more good season under his belt for the Nittany Lions, he should be a first round draft pick.