Tommy Tremble’s name is one that is gaining buzz ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft thanks to an impressive performance at his recent pro day. He is expected to hear his name announced in the middle rounds, but he believes there are elements of his game that are going underappreciated.
Most draft evaluations peg Tremble as a standard in-line blocker at the tight end position while offering minimal contributions in the passing game. Tremble is hoping his March 31 pro day workout, where he impressed in pass-catching drills and ran a 4.59 40-yard dash, can be a catalyst for dispelling that notion.
“I wanted to show the best of my abilities to everyone,” Tremble said on Glenn Clark Radio April 2. “I just wanted to show that level that I possess. I was really able to finally show it [March 31].”
Perhaps Tremble’s pass-catching abilities were hidden due to the system he was in. The 6-foot-4, 248-pound tight end played in 23 games as a member of the Fighting Irish from 2018-2020, starting 15 of those, yet he only accumulated 401 yards during that time. Tremble’s usage in the offense could add further context to his muted statistical output.
“At Notre Dame we went heavy 12-, 13- and sometimes even 14-personnel at one point,” Tremble said, referring to two-, three- and four-tight-end sets. “We were guys that used tight ends all over the field. For me, I learned all of those positions, and I tried to do the best in my abilities at each of those positions.”
Most NFL Draft sites have Tremble as a Day Two prospect, mainly stemming from his superb blocking reputation and his untapped upside as a receiver. According to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, “Tremble is a gritty, capable blocker at the point of attack and will really move the needle as a lead and move blocker in space.”
NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah is also quite fond of him.
Tremble has always had his sights set on the NFL; his father, Greg, was a defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys in 1995. He fondly remembers a piece of advice from his father about preparation for life in general.
“The best advice he gave me was that no matter what point you’re at in life, just never stop working,” Tremble said. “Some people get satisfied with where they are and [are] like, ‘I got a D-I scholarship, that’s all I need to do.’ … I’m given all these projections and I’m still not satisfied.”
The Ravens could certainly be an ideal fit for Tremble for a multitude of reasons. The Ravens, who ran 55 percent of the time as an offense last year, lean on tight ends as blockers in the running game. Tight ends are a big part of the Ravens’ passing game, too, with Mark Andrews catching 58 passes for 701 yards last year.
Additionally, Nick Boyle is recovering from the season-ending leg injury he suffered last year.
“The Ravens, from what I’ve seen my entire life, they are that gritty team that I love the way they play,” Tremble said. “Everyone on that field has a real edge to them, and they want to play some real football.”
“That ground and pound … hit someone in the mouth football is stuff I love to see and something I’d love to go play on,” he added.
Tremble will most likely fall somewhere in the middle rounds during the draft. He’s not a finished product by any means, but there are certainly sufficient tools that evaluators will be enamored by. While certain elements of his game can be disputed, his demeanor and effort are qualities that will never be in question.
“Ever since I knew what football was, it was something I loved to do,” Tremble said. “I try to show it on every single play, that I’m going 100 percent. That’s what actually got the attention of a lot of NFL scouts was the effort I showed on the field because I just love this game so much.”
For more from Tremble, listen to the full interview here:
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