New Falcons head coach Arthur Smith is signing plenty of tight ends. Entering the offseason, Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff the Falcons had Hayden Hurst as their presumed starter with Jaeden Graham as his backup.
Since then, the Falcons traded a 7th-round pick for veteran blocker Lee Smith. Before the draft, it signed Ryan Becker, former undrafted Arizona Cardinal. The Falcons then drafted a tight end higher than any team in NFL history with Kyle Pitts at 4.
But wait there’s more!
Hesse, at 6-foot-3, 261-pounds, played defensive end at Iowa but was moved to tight end under Arthur Smith. Pitts may not need to worry about Hesse eating into his snaps with a slow 4.79 40 at his pro day. However, Hesse’s athleticism isn’t unimpressive, and Hesse played a ton of different positions way back in high school.
Unfortunately, Hesse has to climb above the other couple of dozen tight ends on the roster. In fact, short of trading Hurst, the Falcons are nearly guaranteed to keep Pitts, Hurst, Graham (resigned with a coach connection), and Smith (cost a draft pick). However, he does sound like an interesting practice squad player who has a stronger chance in 2022.