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Ell’s Top 5 Tight Ends NFL Draft 2022

Texas A&M Aggies TE Jalen Wydermyer declares for NFL Draft - Good Bull  Hunting

1. Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M

Strengths: size/athleticism, pass catching/playmaking in space

Weakness: blocking technique, needs to add strength/weight

Draft Projection: 2nd Round – Early 3rd Round

2. Trey McBride, Colorado State

Strengths: heavily used in the passing game, pass catching

Weakness: blocking, red zone production

Draft Projection: 2nd Round

CCU TE Isaiah Likely named PFF preseason third-team All-American

3. Isaiah Likely, Costal Carolina

Strengths:  speed/athleticism (former WR), pass catching/catch in traffic

Weakness: length/size, route-running

Draft Projection: Late 3rd Round – 4th Round

4. Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

Strengths: toughness/catch in traffic, size/height

Weakness: speed, blocking technique

Draft Projection: 4th Round – 5th Round

5. Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin

Strengths: toughness/strength, ability to find soft spot in defense/catch in traffic

Weakness: speed, blocking technique/weight

Draft Projection: Late 4th Round – 5th Round

Position Grade: B-

The TE position is very deep with a lot of potential pass catchers, but Wydermyer and McBride are the only TEs ready to contribute in a full time role in my opinion, while the other three could play high snaps. Likely has a learning curve coming from a smaller school, while Kolar and Ferguson lack the speed to be top end TEs but could be useful in the right systems, especially in the red zone. Lookout for other prospects like Greg Dulcich, UCLA, Jelani Woods, Virginia, Cade Otton, Washington, and Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State. This position offers more potential than production in most cases.

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