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Do-it-all Kansas State TE Ben Sinnott named ‘best draft fit’ for Colts

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The Colts were named by Justin Melo of The Draft Network as a “best draft fit” for do-it-all Kansas State tight end Ben Sinnott.

Here’s what Melo had to say about the fit:

“The Colts have been linked to possibly drafting Bowers in the first round, but I ultimately foresee Ballard drafting a prospect at a more pressing premium position, such as wide receiver or cornerback. Ballard could then flip at No. 46 or No. 82 and target a tight end like Sinnott, which second-year quarterback Anthony Richardson would appreciate. There is a need for this position as the aging Mo Alie-Cox enters a contract year and Kylen Granson is better suited as a role player.”

Sinnott is an excellent athlete. He weighs 6-3 – 250 pounds and earned a relative athletic score of 9.72. Jim Nagythe executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, would point out that Sinnott had the highest vertical, longest broad jump and fastest three-cone of any tight and NFL combine.

For the Wildcats, Sinnott wore many hats and impacted the game both as a receiver and run blocker. Just in 2023, Sinnott was in the backfield, in-line as a traditional tight end, in the slot and on the boundary.

As a pass catcher, with the majority of his playing time coming in the past two seasons, Sinnott caught 66 percent of the 119 targets thrown his way during the 2022 and 2023 seasons, averaging 14.2 yards per catch with 10 TDs.

This past year, he ranked ninth among all tight ends in yards per route and 32nd in average YAC. Sinnott was also one of PFF’s better run- and pass-blocking tight ends.

For more on Sinnott and his potential impact at the NFL level, here’s what Lance Zierlein of wrote in his pre-draft report:

“Athletic F tight end with the ability to add value in the passing game and handle some blocking duties in space. The former walk-on has added 40 pounds to his frame without losing his speed or agility. He is a good route runner with the speed to compete against man coverage at all three levels and get extra yards after the catch. He lacks the NFL physicality to handle blocking duties near the line, and he needs to prove he can play with quicker, stronger hands as a pass catcher. Sinnott is a Day 3 talent, but his NFL journey could be determined by whether he can get a little bit better at all stages.

The Colts may already have a number of players on the roster at the tight end position, but no one can do what Sinnott can do in both the run and passing games.

Sinnott was able to immediately establish himself as the team’s best blocker at tight end, and was able to provide Anthony Richardson with a reliable target in the passing game.

Having a move tight end who brings the playmaking ability that Sinnott provides, while also being able to hold his own as a blocker, can do wonders for an offense, especially creating mismatches and adding a level of unpredictability.

Sinnott’s ability to move within the formation not only creates opportunities for himself, but also for his teammates.

Now that Sinnott can take on a variety of responsibilities and fill a number of roles, it further opens up the playbook for Shane Steichen and allows him to better disguise what’s going to happen as the defense can’t get a handle on what’s going to happen. .

Sinnott could end up being the second tight end off the board behind Georgia’s Brock Bowers, and would be a very good addition to the Colts’ offense on Day 2 of the draft for the reasons mentioned.