Having an advantage at the tight end position is a massive edge compared to your league mates. The problem? Getting an elite and reliable tight end can be hard, especially without spending heavy draft capital at the position. Outside the three headed monster, the position is a question mark, but Mark Andrews is someone I’m eyeing in the middle rounds of the draft.
After a down 2020 season, Andrews is poised for a true breakout season. His efficiency tumbled after being one of the most efficient in the league. Despite missing two games, he still had a career high 58% playing time percentage. His 8.9 yards per target ranks fifth since entering the league.
An argument against Mark Andrews is the lack of passing attempts a rush heavy team like Baltimore will have. Rashod Bateman, their first round pick, remains sidelined until further notice, while Marquise Brown has always had issues with soft tissue injuries. Andrews is going to lead this team in targets, and it’s likely we see Baltimore increase their pass attempts next year.
From 2009-19, there were 60 instances of an NFL team attempting fewer than 500 passes in a season. 86.7% increased their pass attempts in Year N+1, and the average change was +55.3. Five teams met the criteria in 2020:
– CLE (486)
– NYG (448)
– BAL (376)
– SF (493)
– WAS (480)
Even in a down year, he was 6th out of 48 tight ends in yards per route run (2.00). He’s elite, and draft him like he is.