December 7, 2023

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Ko Kieft: A Blocking Machine

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent a 2022 6th-round pick tight end, Ko Kieft. The Buccaneers will be looking for production from a spot that was formerly filled by Rob Gronkowski. The Minnesota product was not the flashy name from the draft, but only because the Buccaneers also drafted Cade Otton. Both tight ends will probably be watching from the sideline this season, with veterans Cam Brate and Kyle Rudolph getting the majority of snaps. What exactly did the Buccaneers see in Ko Kieft that made him a valuable late-round pick?

The answer to this question is simple, blocking. Ko Kieft is an absolute mauler when it comes to blocking for his running backs and quarterbacks. The film doesn’t lie. and Kieft absolutely will gain the trust of Tom Brady and future quarterbacks. His ability to block at an above-average level could get him on the field sooner than expected. Kieft helped the Golden Gophers have three different rushers run for at least 500 yards. The highest rusher, hitting 829 yards. The rushing attack ranked 29th in yards for ALL of College Football. Time will tell how the Buccaneers will utilize their newfound blocker, but the pick seems to be a steal right now.

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