That is fairly superior. Considered an extended shot to get drafted by most consultants, Minnesota TE Ko Kieft was a shock trade-up choice by the Bucs within the sixth spherical. The stalwart run blocker took the decision from Tampa Bay whereas watching the draft with household and pals on Saturday. Their response says every part.
Kieft is among the nastiest blockers in the whole class at 6-4, 259 kilos. The redshirt senior is basically an additional offensive lineman, operating a 4.95 40-yard sprint at his professional day. That’s not a giant deal, contemplating Kieft caught simply 12 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns in his 5 years at Minnesota. The Bucs aren’t drafting him to catch the soccer a lot. However Kieft is a monster blocker, able to driving defenders off the ball and pancaking them properly down the sector. His blocking highlights are jaw-dropping.
Rewatching Minnesota vs Ohio State and I forgot how irritating Minnesota’s OLine substitutions are. Hilarious how usually they run 6 lineman or Ko Kieft. They belief Kieft 1v1 in opposition to a 6’6 280 DE in each run and cross. He flat out buries this dude a number of instances👇 pic.twitter.com/UEf8gjGnzd
— BOLTS Draft Discuss (@BoltsDraftTalk) April 9, 2022
After he was chosen, Kieft assessed his personal sport whereas talking with Tampa Bay media.
“That’s undoubtedly honest to say (that he’s primarily an in-line blocker,” Kieft mentioned. “Any type of run blocking, cross professional – I’m your man. I’ll get down and soiled with the worst of them. That’s my position. That’s what I like to do. However when I’m given the chance to run routes, catch the soccer – I’m proficient and may also help the crew out in that method.”
Now the Bucs have Cam Brate, fourth spherical choose Cade Otton and Kieft on their roster. There may be nonetheless a definite risk that Rob Gronkowski returns for his twelfth season. The long run Corridor of Famer turns 33 in just a few weeks. However even when Gronkowski returns, Kieft is prone to make the roster or at the least the follow squad because the crew’s No. 4 tight finish.