Drafted: ROUND: 4 - Pick Number: 128 (BAL)
Draft Profile: BioCharlie Kolar ended his career at Norman North High School in Oklahoma with 139 receptions, 2,440 yards, and 31 TDs. He was named to the Scout all-Midlands first-team, the preseason Oklahoma Super 30 as one of the state’s top players, and was awarded a three-star grade by ESPN after his senior year. He had a few options for scholarships but ultimately decided on Iowa State over Oklahoma State.
After redshirting in 2017 and playing little in 2018 Kolar earned the starting role and didn't disappoint. As he finished third on the team in receptions (51) and receiving yards (697) and led the team in touchdown receptions (7), tying for the 10th-most in school history. He was awarded with a Second Team All-American spot by the FWAA and PFF, a third Team All-American place by the AP, and a First Team All-Big 12 selection.
In 2020 logged 44 catches for 591 yards and 7 touchdowns in 11 games. He received All-Big 12 recognition again, and he was one of three finalists for the Mackey Award, losing out to Kyle Pitts.
2021 was Kolar's best yet as he put up 764 YDs on 63 receptions with 6 TDs, he also had an excellent 98.8 QB rating when targetted on the year. He was handed a spot on the All-America Third Team by Phil Steele to become the school’s first-ever three-time All-American. He also made First Team Academic All-American (CoSIDA) and in doing so become ISU’s first-ever three-time Academic All-American.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Kolar is a tall tight end (6-6) with some strength who is a reliable target in the red zone
- Has hands of glue, about as good as you'll see in the sport, with a nice catch radius - has only dropped 5 passes in his entire college career
- Soft, reliable hands center the big safe target for quarterbacks. He Shields the defense and will let the ball into his pads to protect it when about to absorb a big hit over the middle.
- Creates a mismatch - out muscles and shields corners from the ball on intermediate routes
- High football IQ - understands where he needs to be and will never be caught out just short of the first down marker
- Kolar has the versatility to line up as a regular in-line tight end, as an h-back, and as a receiver split out wide
- Will nearly always come down with the contested catch
- Good body control to reach back for the pass behind him. High-points passes and has good vertical, timing, and hand-eye coordination in jump-ball situations
- Knee-bend and technique are good and he shows decent power when his hands hit the target.
- Flashes excellent tracking and overall body control to make catches outside of his frame
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Very limited as an athlete - doesn't have elite quickness and is not quick twitchy in any way
- Is a bit high-hipped and slow to get rolling. Frame limits upside as a blocker.
- Possesses only average straight-line speed and is a bit stiff as a route-runner, showing only average flexibility and burst out of his breaks.
- Is not a threat in the open field and has limited YAC ability
- Built like a big wide receiver with a high cut frame and limited power
- Not a good separator and doesn't run particularly crisp routes
- Inconsistent with his release off the line of scrimmage.
- Not a good pass blocker and lacks the body control while moving to be able to be a quality run blocker
- Only average lateral agility to elude and might not be fast enough to be a consistent threat down the seam against NFL competition.
Scouting Report: SummaryKolar is a decent tight-end prospect who has limited athletic upside. He has elite hands with an impressive catch radius who could very quickly become the quarterback's best friend on third down. He however offers little as a blocker - as he lacks power and is too tall and lean. He also has no explosion in his game and has very average top-end speed.
We consider Kolar to have a future as pass receiving possession type receiver at the next level but who may struggle to find a regular starting spot at the tight end position due to his limited blocking ability - therefore it's difficult to see him being selected any higher than the fifth round in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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