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Zack Kuntz Would Give the Commanders a Big, Athletic Target

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2023 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Commanders

NCAA Football: Old Dominion at East Carolina James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Kkntz, TE

School: Old Dominion | Conference: Conference USA

College Experience: Redshirt Senior| Age: 24 (Week 1)

Height / Weight: 6’7” 255 lbs

Projected Draft Status: 5th round-7th round

Player Comparison: Mike Gesicki / Darren Waller

College Statistics

Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2018 Penn State Big Ten FR TE 1 1 8 8.0 0 0 0 0 1 8 8.0 0
*2019 Penn State Big Ten SO TE 2 2 18 9.0 0 0 0 0 2 18 9.0 0
2020 Penn State Big Ten SO TE 0 0 0
*2021 Old Dominion CUSA SO TE 13 73 692 9.5 5 0 0 0 73 692 9.5 5
2022 Old Dominion Sun Belt SR TE 5 12 144 12.0 2 0 0 0 12 144 12.0 2
Career Overall 88 862 9.8 7 0 0 0 88 862 9.8 7
Penn State 3 26 8.7 0 0 0 0 3 26 8.7 0
Old Dominion 85 836 9.8 7 0 0 0 85 836 9.8 7
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 4/5/2023.

Player Overview

Zack Kuntz was a 4-star rated TE prospect out of Camp Hill High School who initially committed to Penn State, spurning offers from Alabama and Duke. Unfortunately, injuries limited his playing time and opportunities to see the field. He transferred from Penn State to Old Dominion University as a graduate. Kuntz made Conference USA All-First team in 2021. He played 5 games in his last season before suffering a season ending injury.

Zack Kuntz left an impression at the NFL Combine as a workout warrior, testing out as the most athletic tight end of the participants. Attracting plenty of eyes, scouts will do their due diligence to see if Kuntz is worth a Day 3 selection. Kuntz has all the skills and athleticism to be a big play receiver at the next level. The opportunity is dependent on his health and if he is in the right place to develop his blocking and receiving skills further.


  • 73 receptions as a TE in 2021 (2nd most in the country)
  • Great hands.
  • Hard to bring down after the catch.
  • Runs routes into the open areas of coverage.
  • Moves well for his size.
  • Has the speed to create separation.


  • Needs to continue to fill out his long body frame.
  • Sometimes allows smaller defenders to contest catches across the body.
  • Doesn’t run his routes fluidly.
  • Needs to refine his run blocking technique as an inline TE.
  • Pass blocking needs major work.
  • Limited starts (15 career starts) and a career long injury history.

Let’s See His Work


How Will He Fit On The Team

Production from the tight end position was non-existent for the Commanders. Thus far, the front office decided to forgo signing a free agent and continue with the personnel of Logan Thomas, Jon Bates, Armari Rogers, Cole Turner, and Curtis Hodges. If the Commanders go through the first two days of the draft addressing other needs, adding Kuntz to the mix gives Washington another developmental tight end.

Kuntz is not a finished product but can be another developmental prospect into the mix. He is fast and comfortable as a receiver, providing another big catch option with Cole Turner and Logan Thomas. Kuntz moves well for his size, even if it’s not as fluid, and has great hands. He could improve his blocking technique which can be said for every tight end on the current roster not named Bates. If Kuntz is able to stay healthy and fill out his long frame, he can grow into a late round gem.