I had moved him up to TE1 for this class before my rookie drafts started but I was still surprised to Asiasi go as TE1 in majority of my rookie drafts so it was not a novel or out of the box idea.
Some reasons I moved him up to TE1.
His game videos. I'd read a few times pre-draft about him being a sleeper, possible TE1 in this class, etc,etc. But I was a little lazy on my TE pre-draft scouting this year due mainly to unexciting billing of the class and I had never dialed up Asiasi video's until the night he was drafted. I was hooked pretty quickly. His smoothness really jumps out at you, good catch radius, showed a lot of overall athleticism and his lower body/base is massive. Looked a lot more athletic to me on tape then his combine numbers.
But one of the reasons I put him at my top TE is his ability to produce now and really it's past his ability to produce it's just being on the field helps you get a look at him and in those FFPC type short rosters that chance for evaluation is huge.
So I get rookie TE's don't normally produce, I sure don't go into a season counting on one and that's in a normal non-Covid year. But it happens and I've not done a deep dive on this in terms of looking up data but I think it happens in spurts during a lot of these rookie TE's season just very infrequently over 16 games.Similar for WR's but a little more productive for them.
As an example, and no I'm not saying Asiasi or Keene deserve to be compared to Gronk or Hernandez, plus no Brady, etc, etc, but stay with me as an example of what I'm talking about. Aaron Hernandez rookie season he's a TE1 weeks 1-8. He's got 34/436/2 after 8 games then made some on field mistakes, got banged up, slowed down a bit. Gronk does not do a lot those first 8 weeks while Hernandez is off to a hot start but he basically gives you TE1 numbers the second half of the season.
An example off the top of my head of a rookie TE getting limited off-season. Jordan Reed had a knee injury early in camp and missed almost all of training camp. I don't recall his level of participation in other offseason work but a rookie TE missing training camp seemed like he had no chance. He only made it 9 games that year but gave you borderline top 5 TE numbers.
Could dig up all kinds of rookie TE's who had stretches where they got it going as rookies. I think the list is longer then people would think because so few do it over a whole season.
So I like what I saw of Asiasi's video's, based purely on video it would difficult for me to separate him or Trautman. Trautman looks pretty awesome but the comp is hard to evaluate. Kmet's athleticism does not pop, which is fine, he's a huge dude who is super young and probably going to get bigger plus not playing two sports and focused on just football he has a lot of growth as a player. But the biggest issue I had with his video, and it was not really his fault, but he was just so wide open so often.
But for me one of the things I used to separate them was Asiasi's path to playing time and lack of overall team competition to grab a sizeable role. I'm becoming more and more of a believer that TE is a heavily scheme impacted position and I think all of these schemes are fairly TE friendly. Again I drafted all 3 of them in various leagues and really had no interest in any other rookie TE.