The decisions surrounding tight end position in 2023 were certainly curious for the New York Giants.
The Giants made a splashy trade for hybrid tight end Darren Waller, and 2022 draftee Daniel Bellinger was their only traditional tight end. The lack of depth at the position was a concern out of training camp (which was born out by Waller’s hamstring injury) and the Giants didn’t use either player particularly well.
Considering Waller’s age, the Giants could use a long-term and versatile option at the tight end position.
“Versatile” may as well be Kansas State tight end Ben Sinnott’s middle name. He’s overshadowed by more dynamic tight ends in this draft class, but he was a factor in every phase of K-State’s offense.
Prospect: Ben Sinnott
Games Watched: vs. TCU (2022 Big 12 Championship), vs. Missouri (2023), vs. Texas (2023), vs. Kansas (2023)
Weight: 240 pounds
- Ball skills
- Route running
- Perimeter blocking
Sinnott is athletic and extremely versatile. He’s slightly undersized for a traditional tight end, but his frame has allowed him to wear an incredible number of hats in the Wildcats’ offense.
Sinnott aligned all over the Wildcats’ offense and finding him in their formation is something of a “Where’s Waldo” on any given play. He’s taken snaps as an in-line and detached tight end, in the backfield as an H-back, running back, and fullback, in the slot, and as a true wide receiver.
Sinnott is an effective receiving option from each of the alignments. He’s a savvy route runner with good ball skills and is capable of threatening every level of the defense. Sinnott is a reliable outlet and safety valve as a checkdown option in the short to intermediate area of the field. Likewise, his size makes him effective on smash concepts or providing a natural pick on rub routes. He does a good job of pressing his route stem vertically on any route that involves a vertical component, selling the vertical before breaking back to the ball. Sinnott also uses a variety of quick fakes at the top of his routes to force slight hesitations in coverage players as he makes his break. He’s a natural catcher of the ball and does a great job of tracking the ball in the air, making adjustments, extending to maximize his catch radius and pluck the ball out of the air.
Sinnott isn’t exactly dynamic with the ball in his hands, but his frame and powerful lower body make him a threat to pick up yards after contact if the defender can’t bring him down immediately.
He’s still a tight end and is a useful “move” blocker for the Wildcats’ offense. Sinnott’s quickness allows him to get into position efficiently and he has a solid understanding of angles and leverages. He was frequently used as a primary blocker on screen plays, and was able to set up screens from relatively far away and disguise the concept. He can also be an effective lead blocker at the second level. He’s tenacious and aggressive as a blocker, and consistently does his best to “lose slow”, even when matched up against larger defenders.
- Size (for a traditional tight end)
- In-line blocking
- Play strength
Sinnott lacks the size to be a true in-line blocker at the NFL level. He simply doesn’t have the room to pack on muscle for the play strength to hold up against defensive linemen or edge defenders. So he shouldn’t be asked to hold up when asked to block one-on-one as an attached tight end. Likewise, he shouldn’t be asked to be a key blocker on the play side, unless it’s as a lead blocker at the second level.
He also lacks the raw athleticism of more dynamic “hybrid” tight ends. Sinnott is a short strider, which helps his agility but also limits his long speed in the open field. So while he may be used on vertical routes, he isn’t going to take the top off the defense. Likewise, he lacks true explosiveness off the line of scrimmage while his mass can force him to round off routes that should break sharply back to the ball. That can lead to contested catches if coverage players don’t bite on his route misdirection.
(Sinnott is number 34)
Sinnott projects best as an important rotational tight end or H-back at the NFL level, though he has starting upside if he lands in the right situation. He could well slip through the cracks due to his unremarkable physique and the fact that he isn’t truly exceptional at anything.
That said, his versatility is exceptional. He’s able to effectively line up at pretty much any position except quarterback or offensive lineman and contribute. That could allow a creative offensive coordinator to field a truly multiple offense that can morph between 11, 12, 21, or 10 personnel looks on a given play.
Sinnott won’t be for every team and offenses that depend on bigger tight ends to act as extra linemen will likely need to look elsewhere. However, he could be an important role player in an offense that uses a lot of schemed separation, screen plays, and passes to secondary receiving options (tight ends, fullbacks, or running backs) off of misdirection.
Does he fit the Giants? Yes. His versatility and ability as a receiver make him a weapon, while his blocking could help unleash players like Wan’Dale Robinson.
Final Word: A late Day 2 or early Day 3 value.