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2022 NFL Draft Prospects: Tight Ends Rankings

We compiled the tight end rankings from two of the top sports websites and came with our points-based wide receivers rankings. Here are the best rookie tight end prospects heading into the 2022 NFL Draft.

RESOURCES: Player Ratings by PFF.com | Player Contracts by Spotrac.com | Stats by ESPN.com | Player Bios/Analysis by NFL.com

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With Super Bowl LVI and the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine in the rearview and the 2022 NFL Draft on the horizon (April 28th), it’s time to look toward the next group of talent to hit the pro ranks. Below is our rankings list of the top prospects at the tight end position in the 2022 NFL Draft class.

To make our rankings we reviewed all the major rankings out there [drafttek.com, draftkings.com, walterfootball.com, si.com, nfldraftbuzz.com, pff.com]. We then allocated points to each player in each ranking to come up with the most comprehensive list with the highest power.

Check back with us after the draft for our thoughts and fantasy football projections.

TOP 20 TIGHT ENDS IN THE 2022 NFL DRAFT

Ht: 6′ 4”     Wt: 246 lbs
Arms: 32 1/2”  Hands: 10 1/8”
School: Colorado State
Prospect Grade: 6.31 
Next Gen Score: 85

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:       
Bench Press:         18
Vertical Jump:     33
Broad Jump:        117
3 Cone Drill:         
20 Yd Shuttle:      
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Two-way tight end with the size, strength and ball skills to help impact games in-line and in space. McBride has room for improvement at the point of attack, but possesses the thickness and determination of a true, in-line blocker. He’ll need to improve his angles and play strength to even out the wins and losses against NFL competition. McBride lacks top-end speed and quickness into the route, but he can snap off route breaks and has the body control and sticky hands to win contested catch battles. Long athletes could suffocate his catch space if he doesn’t play with more physicality and aggression during the route. McBride is solid in all phases and should appeal to every team looking for a combination tight end with early starting potential.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 4”     Wt: 255 lbs
Arms: 33 1/8”  Hands: 9 3/4”
School: Texas A&M
Prospect Grade: 6.10 
Next Gen Score: 77

Player Analysis

Productive three-year starter who failed to show much run-blocking and pass-catching development after his freshman season in 2019. Wydermyer has NFL size and a tendency to play faster than his timed speed when working down the field. The route work isn’t very crisp or explosive and he will likely wear NFL man coverage in short and intermediate routes. He’s athletic in the air and has jump-ball talent but needs to prove his 2021 drops were just an outlier if he’s to be trusted by NFL quarterbacks. If he doesn’t get run-blocking issues corrected, he’ll likely never rise above the level of a TE3 in the league.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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Ht: 6′ 5”     Wt: 250 lbs
Arms: 32 3/4”  Hands: 10 1/8”
School: Ohio State
Prospect Grade: 6.24 
Next Gen Score: 75

Combine Results

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Bench Press:         19
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Player Analysis

Muscular move tight end on the collegiate level who should be able to find a home as an in-line worker. Ruckert should test well creating a favorable height-weight-speed profile that could push him up draft boards. He blocks with good aggression, but can be a little inconsistent at the point of attack for now. He’s not as explosive in his route-running as his testing might indicate but will catch what is thrown his way even though he might never be much of a volume target. He has TE2 potential and could become an average NFL starter.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 4 1/2”     Wt: 245 lbs
Arms: 31 7/8”  Hands: 10”
School: Coastal Carolina
Prospect Grade: 6.20 
Next Gen Score: 84

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:       
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     36
Broad Jump:        
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20 Yd Shuttle:      4.57
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Tight end prospect with an intangibles profile and positional traits that make him projectable to the next level. Likely was a winner in high school and played a pivotal role in the ascension of Coastal Carolina over the past two seasons. He lacks a prototypical tight end frame and is an inconsistent blocker, but he runs well and filled up his career stat sheet with big plays. It could take Likely a year or two to find his footing against stronger, faster coverage, but he has the tools to uncover against NFL coverage as an “F” tight end.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 5”     Wt: 247 lbs
Arms: 32 3/4”  Hands: 9 1/2”
School: Washington
Prospect Grade: 6.33 
Next Gen Score: 81

Player Analysis

Four-year starter who will be next up from a program with a history of turning out NFL talent at tight end. Otton is an instinctive route-runner with agile feet in tight quarters and a great feel for changing speeds inside the route. He has sudden, reliable hands, and is skilled and athletic enough to shine against man or zone coverages. As with all UW tight ends, Otton was expected to block for the run game and did so with adequate technique. He will need to bolster his play strength and aggression levels to better execute his blocking itinerary at the next level. He’s an ascending combination tight end with starting talent. He should become a more productive pro than college player as a likely Day 2 selection.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 4”     Wt: 243 lbs
Arms: 33 3/8”  Hands: 9 7/8”
School: UCLA
Prospect Grade: 6.24 
Next Gen Score: 83

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.69 
Bench Press:         16
Vertical Jump:     34
Broad Jump:        122
3 Cone Drill:         7.05
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.37
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Move tight end with some vertical talent who can’t be expected to add much as an in-line blocker. Dulcich is a long-legged, duck-footed runner who is faster than he looks, averaging 17.6 yards per catch for his career. He can improve as a route-runner but might have three-level potential as a pass-catcher. He’s urgent and determined, adding extra yardage after the catch. He has a decent catch radius and tracks it well, but lacks desired body control for tougher catch adjustments down the field.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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Ht: 6′ 6 1/2”     Wt: 252 lbs
Arms: 34 1/2”  Hands: 10”
School: Iowa State
Prospect Grade: 6.22 
Next Gen Score: 75

Player Analysis

A tight end with elite measurements and statistical production, Kolar’s tape can be a little bit average when studying the entire body of work. Despite his outstanding size and length, Kolar is not very aggressive or effective as a point-of-attack blocker. He has the tools to improve but needs to add a glass-chewing mentality to match up against NFL defenders. There isn’t much wiggle and bend in his route work, but he understands angles and leverage. He finds a way to open throwing windows for his quarterback. He has box-out talent to keep catch windows clean and his quiet, sticky hands are automatic. I’m not sure his college production will travel with him, but he should become a solid move tight end as a Day 2 selection.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 6”     Wt: 246 lbs
Arms: 33”  Hands: 9 7/8”
School: Nevada
Prospect Grade: 5.69 
Next Gen Score: 68

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.76 
Bench Press:         17
Vertical Jump:     27
Broad Jump:        120
3 Cone Drill:         7.06
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.41
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

The body type and jump-ball talent might be reminiscent of the NFL’s Mike Gesicki, but Turner isn’t on his level at this point. He’s a pass-catching tight end who needs to hit the weights and add necessary functional strength to play through contact. He has talent but is inconsistent finishing difficult catches and needs to prove he can become a legitimate every-down catch threat against NFL defenders and not just a height mismatch in the red zone. Turner is a Day 3 prospect with limited blocking and special teams value, so he’ll need continued growth as a pass-catching weapon to earn an extended NFL stay.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 4”     Wt: 241 lbs
Arms: 33 1/4”  Hands: 10”
School: SMU
Prospect Grade: 5.90 
Next Gen Score: 68

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.62 
Bench Press:         20
Vertical Jump:    
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Player Analysis

An athletic tight end with quality ball skills and receiving acumen, Calcaterra has a concussion history that will be flagged by some teams. He retired from football in 2019 and spent 2020 preparing to become a firefighter before transferring to SMU, where he showed he still had it as a two-level pass-catcher. He plays with good football IQ versus zone coverage but might benefit from more pattern breaks to help him uncover against tight man coverage. He won’t make a difference as a blocker so he needs to shine as a pass-catching threat. The medical evaluations will be the biggest determining factor in where he might be drafted.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 5”     Wt: 250 lbs
Arms: 32 5/8”  Hands: 9 1/2”
School: Wisconsin
Prospect Grade: 5.99 
Next Gen Score: 73

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.81 
Bench Press:         15
Vertical Jump:     31.5
Broad Jump:        118
3 Cone Drill:         7.03
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.48
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Player Analysis

Durable, reliable and consistent, Ferguson comes from a football family. He had copy-and-paste receiving production throughout his career despite playing in a limited passing attack with inconsistent quarterback play. He has outstanding ball skills, including a rare level of concentration to make challenging catches in the face of oncoming collisions. While he gives effort as a blocker, he wasn’t a great fit for what Wisconsin asks of their tight ends in the running game and he’s likely to be overmatched if asked to take on defensive ends in the NFL. He is a solid receiver and a below-average blocker with TE2/3 potential.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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Ht: 6′ 4”     Wt: 249 lbs
Arms: 32 7/8”  Hands: 9 3/4”
School: Virginia Tech
Prospect Grade: 5.92 
Next Gen Score: 74

Player Analysis

Mitchell has the foot agility and athleticism to separate on a regular basis if he can tighten up his route running and play closer to his top speed. He’s capable of attacking the seams and is talented with the ball in his hands when he has run-after-catch opportunities. As a run blocker, Mitchell puts in adequate effort but his man ends up near the action or making a play on too many snaps. He has the size to play in-line but might be best suited in a role as a pass-catching H-back.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 7”     Wt: 259 lbs
Arms: 34 1/8”  Hands: 9 1/4”
School: Virginia
Prospect Grade: 6.18 
Next Gen Score: 73

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.61 
Bench Press:         24
Vertical Jump:    
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Player Analysis

Woods is an ascending in-line tight end with good size and length, but he needs to keep filling out his long frame and getting stronger as a point-of-attack blocker. While he looks lumbering in the early stages of the route, he plays with good physicality throughout and does a nice job of shielding defenders from playing the football. His hands aren’t great as a blocker or pass-catcher and both will need work, but his breakout 2021 could foreshadow more to come as an in-line backup with upside.

— Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Ht: 6′ 4”      Wt: 235 lbs
Arms: –”   Hands: –”
School: San Jose State
Prospect Grade: 5.89 
Next Gen Score:

Ht: 6′ 6”      Wt: 254 lbs
Arms: 33 3/8”   Hands: 9 1/8”
School: Pittsburgh
Prospect Grade:  
Next Gen Score:

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Ht: 6′ 5”      Wt: 253 lbs
Arms: 32 1/2”   Hands: 10 1/8”
School: San Diego State
Prospect Grade: 6.16 
Next Gen Score: 69

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.63 
Bench Press:         22
Vertical Jump:     34.5
Broad Jump:        125
3 Cone Drill:         7.05
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.47
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Ht: 6′ 8”      Wt: 253 lbs
Arms: 33 5/8”   Hands: 9 1/2”
School: Nebraska
Prospect Grade: 5.82 
Next Gen Score: 60

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.83 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     34
Broad Jump:        121
3 Cone Drill:         7
20 Yd Shuttle:      4.26
60 Yd Shuttle:      

Ht: 6′ 7”      Wt: 250 lbs
Arms: 33 6/8”   Hands: 10 2/8”
School: Georgia
Prospect Grade:  
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Ht: 6′ 2 1/2”      Wt: 238 lbs
Arms: 32 3/4”   Hands: 9 3/4”
School: Maryland
Prospect Grade: 5.84 
Next Gen Score: 69

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:      4.52 
Bench Press:         
Vertical Jump:     35.5
Broad Jump:        
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20 Yd Shuttle:      
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Ht: 6′ 4”      Wt: 250 lbs
Arms: 10 1/4”   Hands: 10 1/4”
School: Illinois
Prospect Grade:  
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Ht: 6′ 5 1/2”      Wt: 258 lbs
Arms: –”   Hands: 9 3/8”
School: Oregon State
Prospect Grade: 5.99 
Next Gen Score: 70

Combine Results

40 Yard Dash:       
Bench Press:         22
Vertical Jump:     
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