The All-Star season is upon us! Football players across the country are receiving invitations to all-star games, and the Senior Bowl has already started to leak in accepted invitations to the game week scheduled for the last week of January and into early February. Today, we’re taking a look at one of those players who has accepted his invitation, Kansas State tight end Ben Sinnott.
Ben Sinnott was used all across the formation at Kansas State, including inline and out of the slot. The Wildcats weren’t afraid to make him their lead blocker on pulls and other types of movement. The thing that really stands out about Sinnott’s game is that he’s scrappy and gritty. He was born in Waterloo, Iowa, a rough place to grow up. He has that modern tight end two skillsets written all over his game.
Let’s get into his skillsets, shall we?
TE Ben Sinnott, Kansas State Wildcats
Year: Super Junior
High School: Columbus (Waterloo, IA)
HS Rating: N/A
Phil Steele: N/A
Sinnott’s size compares him to Noah Fant, but I would expect him to test more like Cole Hikutini. He has the size that NFL teams prefer to have at the position, if not just a hair too short, but his athletic ability and strength help make him a versatile player who can line up all over the formation.
Ben Sinnott: Athletic Ability
- Good speed. Might test better than he projects in pads.
- Good body control.
- Upper body strength is okay.
- Very stout lower body that looks strong.
- Doesn’t get up to top speed quickly. Has to take five-six steps to really get moving anywhere near close.
- Lacks some explosion compared to other tight end prospects in this class.
Ben Sinnott: Receiving Ability
- Solid through his breaks. Struggles to work effectively through jams.
- Kansas State didn’t ask him to run very many routes. Mostly stayed underneath and was limited to how he stretched the field.
- Capable receiver underneath. Shows a good catch radius.
- Has about a 10% drop rate over his career.
- Not an explosive prospect that I would expect to go up and make catches.
Ben Sinnott: Blocking Ability
- Capable pass protection strength.
- Doesn’t wow me with his technique overall, but shows some recovery and the ability to stay with the block.
- Fairly capable run blocker. Has some strength when he can get on his block properly.
- Tends to get too close and doesn’t see the disengagement blocks. Because of his overcommitment, it will move him out of position sometimes.
Overall, Sinnott looks like a TE2 on an NFL roster. His blocking versatility and his ability to line up all across the formation fits a lot of west coast schemes as an H-Back or extra blocker when they go to 12 personnel. However, he’s capable as a receiver and could probably back up a tight end in a run-heavy scheme like Tennessee. He’s going to be able to generate good interest because of his skillset being able to plug into several types of schemes.
What we want to see in Mobile
- What kind of route-running nuance will Sinnott be able to show us in 1v1’s? We want to study his work a little bit more, especially having an answer for jam/press coverage.
- Sinnott looks like he can be a great athlete, I want to see him show that more than the Kansas State scheme limited him.
Pre-Senior Bowl Projection: 4th/5th Round
Roster Projection: Year One Rotation