TE Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Norman, OK (North)
247 RATING: .8362
POSITION RANK: 3
Receiving: 62 catches, 834 yards (13.5 ypc), 10 touchdowns
Receiving: 51 catches, 697 yards (13.7 ypc), 7 touchdowns
Charlie Kolar Breakdown
Charlie Kolar dreamed of playing for his hometown Oklahoma Sooners. The Norman, Oklahoma native always hoped the Sooners would want him to play for them, but no offer came. When Iowa State came into the picture, he felt like he found a new home away from home. Now, he’s one of the best tight ends in college football and gaining steam with the NFL scouts.
At 6’6″, Kolar gives the Cyclones passing game a safety net that’s reliable. Brock Purdy’s one of the best quarterbacks in college football, but he also knows that he doesn’t have to make the most accurate passes when throwing to his tight end. Kolar’s strong at the catch point, and many times he’s head and shoulder above his defender when making a catch. The higher the pass the better, because he can go up and get pretty much anything thrown his way. His catch radius is the most evident strength of his game.
Blocking is the one thing Kolar needs to improve. It’s not that he’s a bad blocker, but there are areas where he struggles. If he faces a defensive end with length, he struggles to get his hands on them. It’s tough for him to recover if a guy gains leverage, so both of his concerns could be helped with utilizing punches early in the pass rush or the run blocking. He’s strong enough to block anyone he faces, but his technique needs a little work.
Throwing to a player like Kolar is almost like a cheat code. He may not be the fastest, but he’s athletic and long enough where he can make plays regardless of who’s guarding him. It’s tough for defenders to get hands on him at the line of scrimmage and even tougher knock the ball out of his grasp once he has his hands on it. We’ve seen him make athletic plays after the catch, adding another dimension to his game that requires proper tackling technique. His game will be watched even more this year, but he’s already on a path to becoming an NFL Draft pick.