Does LSU football have a future NFL hall of fame player on the roster?
It might be a little soon to say that.
But there is a player on the Tigers’ roster that compares favorably to future NFL hall of fame tight end Rob Gronkowski.
And it’s not the tight end that is currently in the transfer portal (Arik Gilbert….remember that name?).
Kole Taylor could be a star for LSU football
Former NFL tight end Daniel Graham, a first-round pick by the New England Patriots in the 2002 NFL Draft, recently spoke to The Athletic’s Brody Miller about Tigers tight end Kole Taylor.
And Graham had some extremely positive things to say (you can read the article here if you have a subscription).
According to a tweet from Miller, Graham called Taylor “Little Gronk”.
There aren’t many players like Gronk in the NFL.
Taylor, who still has some more bulking up to do (Taylor is over 250 lbs now, while Gronk plays at 265 lbs), has the skill set to be a great tight end in the SEC. The Colorado native is a solid pass catcher, he blocks well, and he’s extremely driven. Those three qualities alone make Taylor dangerous.
In 2021, the sophomore will likely be the go-to tight end for LSU (especially with the pending loss of Gilbert).
Will Taylor make a Gronk-like impact on the Tigers’ offense this season?
I don’t know if I’d go that far. Gronk is a special player. And he was really good during his two seasons at Arizona (he missed his junior season due to injury).
But I certainly think Taylor can be a vital part of the offense. The Tigers have a lot of young talent. It should be fun to see how offensive coordinator Jake Peetz uses all of that talent this season.