Dallas Cowboys Round Five – Zack Kuntz – Tight End – Old Dominion
Towering at 6’8″ Zack Kuntz is a massive individual and a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses. The members of Cowboys Nation have been clamoring for more weapons to surround Dak Prescott with and Kuntz could be one of this year’s late-round steals.
He may not be a run-after-the-catch type of tight end or make defenders miss often but he has length, ball skills, sure hands, and an excellent route tree. At Old Dominion, he lined up as a traditional Y, in the slot, and even on the outside because of his size. If Kuntz is still around at the tail-end of round five, he’s a no-brainer to add to this team.
As much as Zack Kuntz offers with his route running and ball skills, he lacks the desired traits teams look for in today’s NFL in players such as George Kittle and Travis Kelce. He isn’t going to give you big chunks of yardage after the catch and you aren’t going to ask him to block because that’s probably his biggest weakness. If Kuntz can develop as a blocker, he could push for a huge role in any passing offense, especially in the red zone.
It’s no secret that Mike McCarthy loves tight ends which makes sense considering he’s a former college tight end himself. Going back to his days in Green Bay, McCarthy loves to use tight ends that create mismatches and can line up anywhere across the formation. Just look at Martellus Bennett, Jimmy Graham, Jared Cook, and Jermichael Finley. Zack Kuntz fits the mold of an athletic tight end who creates mismatches and can dominate inside the red zone. Look for McCarthy to keep an eye out and maybe even draft Kuntz a little earlier.