Summary: Notre Dame has had a nice run of tight end prospects over recent years, and Kmet will continue that tradition for the 2020 NFL Draft. After having only 15 catches for 162 yards as a sophomore, Kmet had a huge jump in production as a junior, catching 43 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns. After he decided to skip his senior year, Kmet had a solid combine with a respectable 40-yard dash time and a nice performance in the field drills.
Team sources call Kmet a big tight end with the body of a Y - blocking - tight end. They say he is a typical Y athlete and not special in the passing game. He will make the occasional play as an underneath receiver, but will struggle to separate in the NFL because he lacks the speed to be a true receiving threat. Kmet has good hands and presents a big target for his quarterback while providing a size mismatch against safeties in man coverage.
Sources go on to say Kmet is not a killer in the run game and needs to improve as a blocker. They feel he is better than other tight end prospects, but they don't see Kmet as a a first-round talent.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, Kmet could go as high as the second round and probably won't go lower than the third round.
Player Comparison: C.J. Fiedorowicz. I thought Kmet reminded me of Fiedorowicz, and sources agreed that was a good comparison. Fiedorowicz (6-5, 265) and Kmet are almost the same size and have the ability to contribute as underneath receivers and blockers as Y tight ends. They are solid but not special. Fiedorowicz was on his way to a solid NFL career before repeated concussions cut it short.