Pat Freiermuth is a tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played tight end and linebacker in high school while also playing basketball. Freiermuth played college football for Penn State, boasting college stats of 92 catches for 1,185 yards and 16 touchdowns in three seasons.
Pat Freiermuth did not post exceptional workout metrics in the predraft process leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft. He clocked a 52nd percentile 40 time of 4.77. He also boasts 32nd percentile arm length and average hand size, allied to a fairly unimpressive wingspan. Still, the Steelers selected him in the second round of the draft.
Freiermuth was not an every-down player for the Steelers as a rookie, as he played only 61.8 percent of their offensive snaps. Despite only 343 routes run, the 20th most at the tight end position, Freiermuth led all tight ends with 20 red-zone targets as a rookie. He was No.12 with 60 receptions but only 19th with 497 yards. Freiermuth commanded a 13 percent target share and saw 9.8 percent of the Steelers' air yards. He was 12th in YAC with 278. It would be fair to say that Freiermuth did not enjoy top-level quarterback play. His Target Accuracy was No.16, and his Target Quality Rating was No.19. Despite this, Freiermuth still generated the No.8 QB Rating When Targeted. He did commit three drops.