Here is my initial list of the top tight ends for the 2022 NFL Draft.
The number in parentheses represents the ranking for the top overall players in the draft.
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This list will be updated following all-star week performances from the East/West Shrine Bowl (1/28 – 2/3) and the Senior Bowl (2/1 – 2/5) as well as individual player pro days and the NFL Combine (3/1 – 3/7).
1 (32) Trey McBride, CSU (Sr.) 6-4, 260; 2021 All-American and 2021 1st-team MWC; 2021 John Mackey Award winner (nation’s top tight end); three years of production (157-2,011-9 TDs) including a huge senior season in which he led all tight ends in the nation with 90 receptions and 1,121 yards; can line up in the slot or even wide; also a solid blocker which makes him a complete player; not a downfield threat; only scored 10 career touchdowns in four seasons; McBride is an excellent athlete and was also a good defender in high school with over 300 career tackles, 14 sacks, seven interceptions and six blocked punts; he also starred in basketball and baseball.
2 (48) Isaiah Likely, C Carolina (Sr.) 6-4, 240; 2020 and 2021 1st-Team SBC; four-year contributor (133-2,050-27 TDs) averaging 15.4 yards per catch including 17 yards per catch over the past two seasons; three years of solid production averaging 40-648-7 TDs; coming off his best season with 59-912-12 TDs including a 99-yard touchdown reception at Arkansas State; his 912 yards receiving was second only behind Trey McBride for all tight ends in 2021 and his 12 touchdowns were second only behind Georgia’s Brock Bowers; has demonstrated elite-level skill to his game for the past two seasons including route running and athleticism; not very big, but does a good job extending his arms to come up with the high throws which should be a valuable asset in the redzone; good speed for the position; smart kid.
By Greg DePalma
The Draft Apprentice and Executive Producer of the Ourlads’ Football Network at Ourlads.com.