Pat Freiermuth is a sophomore tight end at Penn State. From an NFL Draft perspective, he is a unique case.

He spent five years in high school, essentially taking a prep year before becoming a Nittany Lion. So, while he is a true sophomore, he is three years removed from high school. Therefore, he is indeed eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.

From a playing perspective, Freiermuth has put up impressive numbers in his first two years at Penn State.

As a freshman, he caught 26 passes and eight of them were touchdowns. This season, in 10 games, he has caught 34 passes for 424 yards and seven touchdowns. He has been productive to say the least.

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Despite all the productivity, he was not listed as a semifinalist for the yearly John Mackey Award — given to the nation’s top tight end. Is Freiermuth upset by getting snubbed?

Here he is on the matter, while also talking about his future:

Did you catch that? He said he plans to win the award in the future. Well, if that’s the case, then the NFL Draft-eligible pass-catcher plans on being in Happy Valley again next season, right? His mind is made up?

Well, he also said that he hasn’t thought about his future at this point. Again, he is eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft as a redshirt sophomore. Will he return?

Thanks to his productivity, he will certainly get attention from NFL Draft evaluators. Perhaps he’ll see in the offseason where he is projected to go in the draft. Then, he can make his decision.

Regarding that decision, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin weighed in:

Franklin knows Freiermuth is talented. He also knows that eight tight ends aren’t better than him. The Mackey Award’s semifinalist list consists of eight tight ends from across the country.