Presentation of the Draft 2022 – Tight-ends


It’s not always easy to find an excellent TE during the Draft, and profiles like Kyle Pitts are quite exceptional. There aren’t any this year, and it’s very unlikely to see a player being selected very early in this position. However, several interesting players will be available during the 2th day.


Trey McBride

  • Birthplace: Greeley, Colorado
  • Age: 22 years old
  • High School: Fort Morgan
  • University: Colorado State
  • Recruitment: 3 stars

At Fort Morgan High School in Colorado, Trey McBride is an all-around athlete, dominating in multiple sports. After cutting his teeth in wrestling, he broke local records in basketball and baseball, which still stand today. But it is in American football that he flourishes the most, with in particular 2 MVP trophies for the team. In total in high school, he posted 1,737 yards and 23 touchdowns on offense, and 310 tackles and 7 interceptions on defense.

A 3-star prospect, he receives many offers, but does not necessarily choose the most prestigious. He thus joined Colorado State for family reasons (his brother played there) and for sports project reasons because the Rams attack goes through the TE. After a year of observation, in 2018, it begins to impose itself and show its qualities. He is still thinking of a transfer at the end of the 2020 season, but ultimately remains at Colorado State. A good choice since he signed a huge year behind, becoming the first TE in Rams history to gain more than 1,000 yards, and winning the John Mackey Trophy (best TE in the country).

University level stats

YearUniversityMatchesReceptionsYardsTD
2018Colorado State127891
2019Colorado State12455604
2020Colorado State4223304
2021Colorado State12901,1211

Strong points

  • Number 1 option in Colorado State’s aerial game. Lined up everywhere, prolific.
  • Good road runner. He is able to create separation with his defenders.
  • Good hands.

Weak points

  • Not a big threat in redzone.
  • Explosiveness and average speed.

Summary

Trey McBride is not at the level of a Kyle Pitts, especially athletically, but he has already proven that he can be prolific by being the central point of an attack. His natural receiving qualities make him the number 1 prospect at the position this season, and a potential starter quickly in the NFL.

Projection


Isaiah Likely

  • Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Age: 21 years old
  • High School: Everett
  • University: Coastal Carolina
  • Recruitment: 2 stars

During his early years, at high school in Everett, Massachusetts, Isaiah Likely held the position of WR. Quite productive, it does not attract too many big universities and is only rated 2 stars. He decides to leave far enough from home and lands in Coastal Carolina.

Discreet at first, he began to heat up at the end of his first season, and confirmed in 2019. He finally entered the country’s radars. Despite an injury, he continued his momentum the following year. Then in 2021, he took another step by finishing as the conference leader in yards (912) for a TE, and was number 1 on his team in touchdowns (12). He has been an important member in the Chanticleers’ recent fine seasons.

University level stats

YearUniversityMatchesReceptionsYardsTD
2018Coastal Carolina7121065
2019Coastal Carolina12324315
2020Coastal Carolina10306015
2021Coastal Carolina135991212

Strong points

  • Speed. He is faster than linebackers and sometimes than Safety. This makes him a threat in vertical play.
  • Aligned everywhere and even on the outside. Pass from WR clearly visible in his game. Safe hands.

Weak points

  • Physics of a WR. He still lacks a little mass and strength, especially to block on the line at the NFL level.

Summary

Likely has the potential and the natural qualities to become a “playmaker”. However, he will have to continue to evolve physically, without this impacting his explosiveness.

Projection


jeremy ruckert

  • Birthplace: Linderhurst, New York
  • Age: 21 years old
  • High School: Linderhurst
  • University: Ohio State
  • Recruitment: 4 stars

The small town of Linderhurst, New York remembers Jeremy Ruckert, a dominant high school athlete. Author of 3,133 yards and 37 touchdowns, he also played in defense. In his senior year, he notably received State Player of the Year honors. from New York. Rated 4 stars, he is one of the top 50 prospects at the national level in 2018.

Among the many offers, he was seduced by Urban Meyer and decided to join Ohio State. A choice that was perhaps not the right one because he was never used much within the fire attack of the Buckeyes, where many WR stars shone and still shine. In 4 years, his stats are very limited, even if he scored touchdowns in important games, for example in the (lost) national final of 2020.

University level stats

YearUniversityMatchesReceptionsYardsTD
2018Ohio State11130
2019Ohio State9141424
2020Ohio State5131515
2021Ohio State11263093

Strong points

  • Threat in redzone. Can catch the ball even though he hasn’t been able to show much at Ohio State.
  • Motivated and violent blocker. Competitor. He clearly likes it.

Weak points

  • Little used in the Buckeyes offense. Limited route tree.
  • If the desire to block is there, the technique sometimes leaves something to be desired. Sometimes he completely misses his shot.

Summary

The attack will probably never go through him, but he can surprise with a different use. At first, he can in any case hold his rank on the line, in particular to help on the blocks, and be a threat in the redzone.

Projection


Jalen Wydermyer

  • Birthplace: Dickinson, Texas
  • Age: 21 years old
  • High School: Dickinson
  • University: Texas A&M
  • Recruitment: 4 stars

A massive WR, and a member of his high school basketball team, Jalen Wydermyer was prowess in the aerial game. During his last year at Dickinson, he totaled 875 yards and 10 touchdowns. Enough to attract many Division I programs. His choice was local since he joined Texas A&M, convinced by his visit and by the proposed project.

Due to the injury of the starting tight-end of the Aggies, Wydermyer is propelled to number 1 in his first season, and he responds with a huge year for such an inexperienced player (447 yards, 6 TD). He will then remain prolific, with a production that will ultimately be fairly equivalent over his 3 university seasons. In 2021, he was a finalist for the John Mackey Trophy, but was beaten by Trey McBride.

University level stats

YearUniversityMatchesReceptionsYardsTD
2019Texas A&M12324476
2020Texas A&M10465066
2021Texas A&M12405154

Strong points

  • Size and physique ideal for a TE. Athlete close to a WR but strong enough to hold in protection.
  • Good hands. Huge proportion. Able to win contested receptions, impose itself in traffic, and be a threat in the redzone.

Weak points

  • Speed ​​not great. Don’t win like that.
  • Lack of effort in protection and technical shortcomings.
  • Little progress since its 1time college year.

Summary

Wydermyer has the physical qualities and the talent to be a successful TE in the NFL. And if he manages to progress further technically, and to be a little more regular, he can become a « playmaker » within an attack that will know how to use him. A seduced team may go for him sooner than expected, but his failed NFL Combine may be detrimental to him.

Projection


Cade Otto

  • Birthplace: Turnwater, Washington
  • Age: 22 years old
  • High School: Turnwater
  • University: Washington
  • Recruitment: 3 stars

Cade Otton learns American football in his small town of Turnwater, with his grandfather as his coach. He plays in attack and defense, but it is at the tight-end position that he shines the most. During his last year in high school, he signed 39 receptions for 733 yards and 13 touchdowns at this position. Rated 3 stars, he received several good offers, and seized the opportunity to play at the local Washington State University.

In his first year, he observes and works physically, then he begins to get playing time the following season. In 2020, he must explode, and he is starting very well, but the season is shortened by the Covid epidemic. Back in 2021 with the Huskies, he shows great things again, before injuring his ankle.

University level stats

YearUniversityMatchesReceptionsYardsTD
2018Washington8131743
2019Washington11323442
2020Washington4182583
2021Washington8282501

Strong points

  • Run block. Want to block. Solid. Good performance on blocks when in motion.
  • Good hands. Knows how to run beautiful roads and stand out, from several positions.

Weak points

  • Doesn’t really seem capable of imposing itself in the vertical game.
  • Small lack of power on static blocks, on the line.

Summary

Never put in a good situation in an underperforming Washington attack in recent seasons, Cade Otton still did everything he could to show his qualities. He can quickly be a useful blocker on runs, and he can also use his hands in the short game.

Projection

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