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2021 Rookie Profile: Kenny Yeboah – Tight End

Need a deep sleeper to look for in the 2021 draft? Woo Lee (@WooLee_FFB) takes a look into one of his favorite late-round fantasy draft picks: Kenny Yeboah. In this article, Woo analyzes why Yeboah can be a diamond in the rough for many teams looking for a tight end.

Kenny Yeboah has declared for the NFL draft as a redshirt senior. Originally from Temple University, Yeboah transferred as a graduate to Ole Miss to continue his football career. Kenny Yeboah had little to no contribution at Temple University, but his career at Ole Miss was utilized heavily as both a receiver and a blocker. Kenny Yeboah certainly has a case to be considered a top 10 overall tight end prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.

Profile

  • School: Ole Miss
  • Year: Senior (Redshirt)
  • Position: Tight End
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight: 240 lb

College Career

Receiving & Rushing Table
ReceReceReceRece
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD
*2016TempleAmericanFRTE111515.00
*2017TempleAmericanFRTE9141369.70
*2018TempleAmericanSOTE71315411.81
*2019TempleAmericanJRTE101923312.35
*2020Ole MissSECSRTE72752419.46
CareerOverall74106214.412
Temple4753811.46
Ole Miss2752419.46
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/25/2021.

From 2016-2019, Kenny Yeboah started his college football career at Temple University as a tight end. Yeboah was red-shirted all throughout his career at Temple and saw little action up until his junior year. Yeboah had by far his best year during his junior year as he finished with 19 receptions racking up 233 yards. He also scored 5 touchdowns in his junior year as he finished fourth in receiving in 2019. Overall, Yeboah finished with 47 receptions with 538 yards along with 6 TDs in his four years at Temple University.

For his last year as a senior, Yeboah wanted to transfer to Baylor. Yeboah originally decided to transfer to Baylor but changed his decision to transfer to Ole Miss when Carolina Panthers hired coach Matt Rhule to be their next head coach. Though Yeboah denied that Coach Rhule being hired by the Carolina Panthers had any impact on his decision to transfer to Ole Miss. The 6 foot 4, 240-pound tight end from Ole Miss finished second in receiving, only behind Elijah Moore. The senior year tight end finished with 27 receptions with 524 yards, along with 6 TDs. Yeboah clearly had his best year last year with Ole Miss despite only playing seven games.

Strengths

Yeboah’s strength as a tight end is his receiving ability. Yeboah finishing as the second best receiver in Ole Miss speaks volumes on how he was involved as a weapon in Ole Miss during the 2020 season.

Analytics/Statistics

Yeboah had a productive year in 2020. According to ESPN.com and sports-reference.com, Yeboah finished as the #42 overall in total receptions, #18 overall in total receiving yards, #2 overall in yards per reception (Y/R), and tied at #9 overall for total receiving TDs in the SEC. Though his rankings for total receptions and total receiving yards do not look impressive, his overall involvement and skillset in Ole Miss offense can translate to the next level. The statistics show that he made big plays while also being a red zone threat.

Film

Diving deeper into Yeboah’s film, it is seen that he was heavily a part of Ole Miss’s offense. He was utilized both as a blocker and a receiver. He was used as a blocker on the line, and he does a great job to help seal the outside for a large gain.

Yeboah was also utilized as a lead blocker. He does a great job initializing the contact and then creating a hole for the runner.

Yeboah was also used heavily in the receiving game as well. Analytics show Yeboah as a big play tight end, and it is easy to mistake Yeboah more of a vertical threat tight end. Watching film, this is not the case, Yeboah made his big plays with his speed from short passes and seams.

Final Thoughts

Yeboah is a good overall tight end. He knows how to block and be a receiving threat. Although many analysts will hesitate to put Yeboah up there with the top 5 projected tight ends in this upcoming NFL draft, Yeboah makes his case as a top 10 tight end conversation. Yeboah needs improvement in his pass protection and sometimes his blocking IQ but can be a productive tight end. This makes a developmental prospect, which is not so great for his draft capital. The talent is there, but the opportunity may not.

In 2021 rookie drafts, Yeboah is mainly going undrafted or going in 4+ rounds. Depending on his draft location and capital, Yeboah is someone I will be looking at during those later rounds as a dart throw or stash. He has the skill set to be a productive fantasy tight end. His speed and ability to run after the catch are valuable for fantasy production given he is in the right situation. He needs improvement in his blocking and pass protection and needs to be in the right situation to stay on the field. Overall, Yeboah can develop into someone like Jonnu Smith and could someday be a valuable asset in the future for fantasy managers looking to take a chance at the tight end position.

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