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Noah Fant | Tight End

Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
Age / DOB:  (21) / 11/20/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 241

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Iowa junior TE Noah Fant declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Fant (6'4/232) is considered by many evaluators to be the best tight end in this draft class. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., for one, ranks him as his top player at the position. While there is no denying Fant's athleticism -- he could put up awe-inspiring marks at the NFL Scouting Combine down the road -- we were hoping for a bit more of a gaudy stat-line during the season, which did not come to pass. Fant finished the year the owner of a 39-518-7 receiving line. Slight quibble on numbers aside, when all is said and done, it's very possible that Fant ends up the first tight end drafted this spring. He's no Day 1 lock, but will certainly be in the conversation. Nov 30 - 12:06 PM

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The John Mackey Award has whittled the field to a list of eight semifinalists.

The Mackey Award is handed out annually to the best tight end in the country. The eight players who have moved on as semifinalists for the honor are Iowa's Noah Fant and TJ Hockenson, Alabama's Irv Smith, Missouri's Albert Okwuegbunam, Stanford's Kaden Smith, Texas A&M's Jace Sternberger, Boston College's Tommy Sweeney and UCLA's Caleb Wilson. San Jose State responded to the announcement by tweeting out a GIF of a worried child, as the list omits one of the clear top tight ends in the country in Josh Oliver (51-642-3). Oliver leads the FBS in receptions by a tight end. Worried child GIF, indeed
Nov 16 - 1:59 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant had three catches into 85 yards in Saturday's 38-36 loss to Purdue.

Fant (6'4/232) showed off his wheels for NFL evaluators on a 65-yard reception in the second half where he caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage on a screen and jetted down the sidelines before getting taken down in the red zone. We continue to love the aesthetic beauty of what the Hawkeyes are able to do schematically with stud TEs Fant and TJ Hockenson. The Hawkeyes host division leader Northwestern next week.
Nov 3 - 7:02 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant (head) turned four catches into 101 yards and a score in Saturday's 42-16 win over Indiana.

Fant (6'4/232) was a gametime decision after going through the concussion protocol this week. He played, and flashed in a big way, with a 28-yard drop-in-the-bucket TD pass from Nate Stanley in the second quarter in addition to an explosive 58-yard reception that didn't end in the end zone. This was Fant's second-career 100-yard game. He's a ridiculous athlete and a potential Round 1 NFL pick.
Oct 13 - 3:33 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant (head) is warming up ahead of Saturday's game against Indiana.

Fant (6'4/232) went through the concussion protocol after apparently suffering the injury against Minnesota last week. Fant, a potential Round 1 NFL pick, has posted a 19-196-5 receiving line through five games.
Oct 13 - 11:42 AM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant (head) should be considered questionable for Saturday's game against Indiana.

Fant (6'4/232) has yet to miss a game this season, but he appears to be in jeopardy of sitting on Saturday depending on how the remainder of his practice week plays out. Per Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the junior tight end will likely have to go through concussion protocol before he's given the green light for the weekend. For the campaign, the junior tight end owns a 19-196-5 receiving line through five games.
Oct 9 - 6:51 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant has converted four of his seven red zone targets for touchdowns.

Fant (6'4/232) has produced like a first-round tight end, especially against Wisconsin when he scored two touchdowns. The only drawback statistically for Fant has been his drops. Pro Football Focus credits him with nine on his 51 catchable targets. Even with the drops, PFF projects him to be the first tight end off the board in next year's NFL Draft, which is a projection shared by many draft analysts. Fant gets Minnesota this Saturday.
Sep 28 - 6:22 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant caught three passes for 29 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 28-17 loss to Wisconsin.

Don't let the final score of this one fool you, it was a tight contest throughout until Wisconsin scored a pair of touchdowns in the closing moments of the game to overcome a 17-14 fourth-quarter deficit. Fant did not destroy the universe on a pure yardage front -- fellow TE T.J. Hockenson actually led the position in yardage with three catches for 115 yards -- but his second touchdown very nearly delivered Iowa to an upset win. That latter touchdown came right at the goal line with under two minutes remaining in the third quarter. Alas, victory just wasn't to be for the Kinnick faithful. Fant has now caught scores in three of four games (he's up to four total touchdowns) to go with a nice 169 yards receiving for the campaign. Iowa will lick its wounds from this one while they're on bye next weekend, with a road date against Minnesota awaiting them after they've had their little rest.
Sep 22 - 11:58 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant returned to Saturday's game against Northern Iowa shortly after going down with an apparent rib injury.

Shortly after Fant returned he was on the receiving end of a 43-yard pass that put the Hawkeyes in Northern Iowa territory. The junior's a high-level draft prospect and a key cog in the Iowa passing attack, so him being healthy will be key if the Hawkeyes are to be a factor in the Big Ten West.
Sep 15 - 8:04 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant suffered an apparent rib injury during the first quarter of Saturday's game against Northern Iowa.

Should Fant either be limited or unable to return to action, this would be a significant personnel loss for the Hawkeyes. In two games this season Fant, considered to be one of the top draft-eligible tight ends in college football, caught seven passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Shawn Beyer would be next in line for reps based upon the depth chart released prior to Saturday's game if Fant cannot return.
Sep 15 - 7:48 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant had three catches for 10 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win against Northern Illinois.

Iowa's defense suffocated NIU from the jump, so the Hawkeyes played even more conservatively than usual. That led to less targets than we'd like to see for Fant, but he still managed to salvage a touchdown. Fant is a possible Round 1 pick if he keeps improving. The kid is an athletic freak.
Sep 1 - 7:04 PM

The Draft Network's Trevor Sikkema projects Iowa junior TE Noah Fant to be the first tight end selected in the 2019 draft.

Sikkema thinks he will crush the combine and says, "Fant is an athletic freak. At 6-foot-4, 232 pounds, Fant allegedly has a 42.5-inch vertical jump. As a first-time starter last seasons, he averaged over 16 yards per catch with 11 touchdowns." Fant has been named to the John Mackey Award watch list for 2018 and has a good chance at being the top tight end in the draft with a solid 2018 season.
Aug 12 - 2:07 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant is among the tight ends who were placed on the John Mackey Award watch list.

There were 64 total players placed on the Mackey Award watch list; an award that goes to the top tight end in the country. Fant is considered one of the top contenders for the award, and many view him as the top prospect at the position for the 2019 draft. Other high-profile names on the list include Missouri's Albert Okwuegbunam, LSU's Foster Moreau, Notre Dame's Alize Mack, and Oregon's Jacob Breeland. The full list can be viewed in the link below.
Jul 20 - 6:06 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Iowa junior TE Noah Fant a third-round grade coing into 2018.

A third-round grade is certainly not an insult -- there's a lot of college football players, if you didn't know -- but there has been some (ridiculously early) first-round talk for Fant. Pauline isn't there yet. "Fant is a terrific pass catcher with natural hands, but he lacks true downfield speed," writes Pauline. "While he gives effort blocking, he really must improve his playing strength." The 6-foot-5 232-pound Fant reminds Pauline of Indiana's Ian Thomas, who was a fourth-round pick by the Panthers in April. Pauline believes he's a Day Two talent right now, but Fant appears to be higher on several analysts -- and potentially, teams -- draft boards.
Jul 13 - 6:59 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant has been named a preseason All-American by Athlon Sports.

Athlon announced their All-American team on Tuesday. We can't wait to see what Fant has in store for the world during the coming season. The 6-foot-5, 232-pound junior is an athletic specimen who posted spring testing marks including a 41-inch vertical jump and a 3.95-second run in the short shuttle. He caught 30 passes for 494 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, numbers which just begin to scratch the surface of his offensive upside. ESPN's Todd McShay mocked him to the Bengals at No. 12 in a 2019 mock draft exercise at the beginning of May.
Jun 19 - 2:22 PM