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Notre Dame to the NFL: Carolina Panthers Draft Tommy Tremble at Pick #83

Notre Dame tight end Tommy Tremble heads to Carolina after the Panthers selected him 83rd overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Tommy Tremble NFL Draft
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For the second year in a row, Notre Dame has a tight end coming off the board on the second day of the NFL Draft. This time around, it’s Tommy Tremble joining the Carolina Panthers with the 83rd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Arguably the most intriguing of all Notre Dame draft prospects this year, Tremble’s value has skyrocketed over the last year.

Tremble was a luxury to have at Notre Dame as he took on a variety of different roles within the Irish offense. He’s a capable playmaker in the slot, inline, or even in the backfield as a lead blocker. Tremble plays with a physical nature that is rarely outmatched, and he is not afraid to get his nose dirty.

His tape is a clinic on how you want your tight ends to block. It just so happens that he is fairly dangerous with the ball in his hands as well, and I can assure you Matt Rhule is going to have a blast putting Tremble into different roles for the Panthers’ offense.

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Tommy Tremble as the lead blocker out of the backfield for Christian McCaffrey should be illegal, but defenses in the NFC South will have to figure out a solution because Tremble should have a long career in the NFL. He will look to develop and expand his pass-catching responsibilities at the next level with former New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold feeding him the ball this season. Look for Tremble to provide a safety blanket for Carolina’s new signal-caller when he enters the rotation this season.

No matter how you spin it, there’s no denying that Tommy Tremble is the beneficiary of his own hard work. He may seem a bit raw due to the fact he never became the true #1 tight end at Notre Dame, but don’t let that undermine your evaluation of him. Tremble played a crucial role and a many of his vital contributions may not show up on a stat sheet.

As previously alluded to, Tremble can spell trouble when he does get his hands on the ball. He possesses 4.6-second speed and a refusal to go down, so it will be exciting to see that skill set translate over to the NFL. The Panthers landed a solid tight end in Tommy Tremble, who becomes the fourth Notre Dame player to come off the board this year and the first former Irish tight end selected since Cole Kmet last season. Credit Notre Dame with another notch in the “Tight End U” race as Matt Rhule now has a versatile, athletic, and physical player to mix into his offense down in Carolina.


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