Dallas Cowboys: 2019 NFL Combine Saturday Standouts

IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 20: Tight end Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs up the field during the second half in front of defensive back Darnell Savage #4 of the Maryland Terrapins on October 20, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 20: Tight end Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs up the field during the second half in front of defensive back Darnell Savage #4 of the Maryland Terrapins on October 20, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) /
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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 03: Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs the ball after a catch as Jacob Thieneman #41 of the Purdue Boilermakers tries to make the stop at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 3, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 03: Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs the ball after a catch as Jacob Thieneman #41 of the Purdue Boilermakers tries to make the stop at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 3, 2018 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Noah Fant, Iowa, Center

If you’ve heard anything about Noah Fant this off-season, odds are you knew he was going to test well at the combine. These were his times and numbers from Saturday:

40 Yard Dash: 4.50

Vertical Jump: 39.5 inches

Broad Jump: 10’7″ 

3 Cone Drill: 6.81 seconds

20 yard shuttle: 4.22 seconds

While we were expecting him to perform well, this was nothing short of a masterpiece, especially considering how some other tight ends performed. (I will be talking about some tight ends who didn’t perform well today further in the article)

Fant’s blocking ability doesn’t pale in comparison to his teammate Hockensen, but a team seeing his athleticism and sure hands will want to pull the trigger on him as early as the Top 15. Fant is more valuable than a red zone threat like Jimmy Graham and is more athletic than is popular comparison Eric Ebron.

Fant’s film showed he was a first round caliber tight end and now the Combine locked his spot. Teams know exactly what they are getting with Fant so expect him to go earlier than later.

Noah Fant may be one of those players who’s a better professional than he was in college. His skills clearly translate and makes him the idea high floor – high ceiling player every team wants in the first round.