Day 3 prospect: Ty Fryfogle, WR, Indiana
If the Chiefs elect to skip on some of the bigger names at the receiver position early in the draft, they could find a great piece to fill the role left behind by Watkins. Ty Fryfogle, out of Indiana, would be a great option in the later rounds. His senior season has been flooded with highlight-reel catches, showing off his body control and hands in contested situations.
Fryfogle has put together some outstanding performances in his senior season with the Hoosiers to boost his draft stock. Despite his outburst of production in 2020, just how high he can move up boards will depend on whether he can impress at the NFL Combine. That is if we have one. He lacks the flexibility in his hips to make sharp cuts quickly. Without that hip flexibility at the top of his routes and not having elite speed, the question remains whether he will be able to separate at the next level.
Aligning from both the slot and the boundary, Fryfogle makes up for his deficiencies by quickly winning at the line of scrimmage and stack cornerbacks. Using his size and strength, he does a good job of boxing out defenders at the catch point. He also shows a good understanding of how to adjust his route to create windows for his quarterback.
Fryfogle would give the offense that big target to go up and high-point the ball early in his career for the Chiefs. Most of his work would likely come from vertical routes and quick slants over the middle. Given the development needed to create more separation as a route runner, this would be a nice developmental project who could shine catching passes from Mahomes.