2022 NFL Draft Prospects: Tight End



The top 2022 Tight End prospects available for the 2022 NFL Draft. * - denotes 2022 prospect. ** - denotes 2025 prospect.

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2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Adam Trautman, Dayton
  • '19 - T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
1. Texas A&M image Jalen Wydermyer*, TE, Texas A&M
Height: 6-5. Weight: 260.
Projected 40 Time: .
Projected Round (2022): 1-3.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Wydermyer has played well overall this year. He had a little stretch with some dropped passes, but has gotten open consistently. His production and the Texas A&M offense have been held back by struggles and inconsistency at quarterback. For the NFL, Wydermyer is a good route runner who has three-down starting potential. He possesses quality speed and athleticism to go along with mismatch size.

6/26/21: Wydermyer created a buzz with scouts in 2019 from displaying a good skill with a ton of upside. The Aggies staff raved about Wydermyer to NFL evaluators coming through College Station. That season, he totaled 32 receptions for 447 yards and six touchdowns. As sophomore in 2020, Wydermyer recorded 45 catches for 502 yards and six touchdowns.

Wydermyer has good size to him with speed and athleticism. He could have three-down starting potential for the NFL.


Career Receiving Stats

Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
2019 Texas A&M 13 32 447 2 13.97 6 34.38
2020 Texas A&M 10 46 506 5 11 6 50.6
2021 Texas A&M 12 40 515 3 12.88 4 42.92

Receiving Statistics Game Log

Date Opponent Result Rec. Yds Yds/Rec. TDs
9/4/2021 Kent St. W 41 - 10 4 4 9
9/11/2021 Colorado
@ Denver, CO
W 10 - 7 4 4 16.5
9/18/2021 New Mexico W 34 - 0 4 4 9.75
9/25/2021 Arkansas
@ Arlington , TX
L 10 - 20 1 1 18
10/2/2021 Mississippi St. L 22 - 26 2 2 8.5 1
10/9/2021 Alabama W 41 - 38 3 3 24.33 1
10/16/2021 @ Missouri W 35 - 14 3 3 9.67
10/23/2021 South Carolina W 44 - 14 4 4 18.75 2
11/6/2021 Auburn W 20 - 3 5 5 10.6
11/13/2021 @ Ole Miss L 19 - 29 5 5 13.6
11/20/2021 Prairie View W 52 - 3 1 1 17
11/27/2021 @ LSU L 24 - 27 4 4 6




Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
  • '19 - Noah Fant, Iowa
2. Iowa State image Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 257.
Projected 40 Time: .
Projected Round (2022): 2-3.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Kolar was held out of the 2021 season opener with an injury, but has come back to put together a solid senior year for Iowa State. Kolar has 58 receptions for 723 yards and five touchdowns in 2021. He could rise with a strong week at the Senior Bowl.

6/26/21: Kolar was a quality receiver for Iowa State in 2020. He runs quality routes and has solid hands and an NFL build. Kolar shows some yards-after-the-catch ability and could become a starting tight end at the pro level. To start his college career, Kolar was a good receiver as a sophomore, hurting the Big XII defenses in the red zone? and that set the tone for him to be a valuable receiver for Brock Purdy.


Career Receiving Stats

Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
2017 Iowa St. 0 0
2018 Iowa St. 13 11 137 1 12.45 3 10.54
2019 Iowa St. 13 51 697 4 13.67 7 53.62
2020 Iowa St. 11 44 591 4 13.43 7 53.73
2021 Iowa St. 12 62 756 5 12.19 6 63

Receiving Statistics Game Log

Date Opponent Result Rec. Yds Yds/Rec. TDs
9/4/2021 UNI W 16 - 10 0
9/11/2021 Iowa L 17 - 27 4 4 8.5
9/18/2021 @ UNLV W 48 - 3 4 4 17.25 1
9/25/2021 @ Baylor L 29 - 31 5 5 14.2
10/2/2021 Kansas W 59 - 7 4 4 16 1
10/16/2021 @ Kansas St. W 33 - 20 4 4 10.25
10/23/2021 Oklahoma St. W 24 - 21 6 6 11.5
10/30/2021 @ West Virginia L 31 - 38 1 1 10
11/6/2021 Texas W 30 - 7 5 5 14.4
11/13/2021 @ Texas Tech L 38 - 41 8 8 9.5 2
11/20/2021 @ Oklahoma L 21 - 28 12 12 12.67 1
11/26/2021 TCU W 48 - 14 5 5 13
12/29/2021 Clemson
@ Orlando, Fla.
L 13 - 20 4 4 8.25 1


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Thaddeus Moss, LSU
  • '19 - Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
3. Ohio State image Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 2-3.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Ruckert has not seen a lot of targets in 2021, but he has the potential to produce more. In 2021, Ruckert has 19 receptions for 243 yards and three touchdowns. He could help himself at the Senior Bowl.

6/26/21: Ruckert showed some nice red-zone ability against Penn State and Rutgers, but Ohio State featured its wide receivers in the passing game rather than the tight ends. Still, Ruckert was graded high by the advance scouts for the 2022 NFL Draft, and they really like his skill set of size, speed and athleticism.

Ruckert flashed some ability during his sophomore year and was a nice red-zone contributor for the Buckeyes. He also has quality size to be a blocker, so the ability is there for Ruckert to become a prospect with three-down starter potential.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
  • '19 - Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
4. Wisconsin image Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin
Height: 6-4. Weight: 244.
Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Ferguson has played well in 2021, but Wisconsin's struggling quarterback play has held him back all season. Ferguson could be a solid No. 2 tight end in the NFL.

6/26/21: Over the last few years, Ferguson was a solid receiving tight end for the Badgers. He could have produced more, but Wisconsin featured a rushing offense that had Ferguson also contribute as a blocker. If Ferguson gets more receiving opportunities and shows mismatch receiving talent, he could rise in 2021.

Ferguson played well in 2020, including scoring three touchdowns in the first two games of the year. He's a solid receiver, but he has been held back by Wisconsin's quarterback play and the focus on the rushing attack.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt
  • '19 - Donald Parham, Stetson
5. Miami image Will Mallory*, TE, Miami
Height: 6-5. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
Projected Round (2022): 2-4.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Miami has not used Mallory much the season as a receiver, and he's been banged up. Team sources still think Mallory has the skill set to turn into a good pro.

6/26/21: Mallory really flashed for Miami in 2020 despite being the second tight end behind Brevin Jordan. Mallory has quality size to him, and it showed in how he contributed as a blocker and receiver. He has a lot of upside to produce more in 2021.


Career Receiving Stats

Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
2018 Miami (FL) 10 5 37 1 7.4 1 3.7
2019 Miami (FL) 13 16 293 1 18.31 2 22.54
2020 Miami (FL) 11 22 329 2 14.95 4 29.91
2021 Miami (FL) 12 30 347 3 11.57 4 28.92

Receiving Statistics Game Log

Date Opponent Result Rec. Yds Yds/Rec. TDs
9/4/2021 Alabama
@ Atlanta, Georgia
L 13 - 44 2 2 6
9/11/2021 App State W 25 - 23 3 3 5.33
9/18/2021 Michigan St. L 17 - 38 3 3 12
9/25/2021 Central Conn. St. W 69 - 0 0
9/30/2021 Virginia L 28 - 30 1 1
10/16/2021 @ North Carolina L 42 - 45 1 1 11
10/23/2021 NC State W 31 - 30 3 3 11.33 1
10/30/2021 @ Pittsburgh W 38 - 34 3 3 22 1
11/6/2021 Georgia Tech W 33 - 30 3 3 13
11/13/2021 @ Florida St. L 28 - 31 5 5 14.4 1
11/20/2021 Virginia Tech W 38 - 26 3 3 9 1
11/27/2021 @ Duke W 47 - 10 3 3 11.33


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Hunter Bryant, Washington
  • '19 - Kahale Warring, San Diego State
6. Alabama image Cameron Latu*, TE, Alabama
Height: 6-5. Weight: 250.
Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Latu has had a strong to the season, especially as a red-zone weapon, but has cooled off. He has a skill set with size, athleticism and speed. Latu was a special teams contributor in 2019 and 2020. He should return to Alabama for the 2022 season before going pro.


Career Receiving Stats

Season Team Games Rec. Rec./Game Yds Yds/Rec. TDs Rec Yds /Game
2018 Alabama 2 0
2019 Alabama 11 0
2020 Alabama 12 0
2021 Alabama 13 20 299 2 14.95 6 23

Receiving Statistics Game Log

Date Opponent Result Rec. Yds Yds/Rec. TDs
9/4/2021 Miami (FL)
@ Atlanta, Georgia
W 44 - 13 3 3 14.33 2
9/11/2021 Mercer W 48 - 14 0
9/18/2021 @ Florida W 31 - 29 2 2 9.5
9/25/2021 Southern Miss. W 63 - 14 3 3 19 2
10/2/2021 Ole Miss W 42 - 21 1 1 3 1
10/9/2021 @ Texas A&M L 38 - 41 1 1 10
10/16/2021 @ Mississippi St. W 49 - 9 0
10/23/2021 Tennessee W 52 - 24 3 3 18.33
11/6/2021 LSU W 20 - 14 1 1 15
11/13/2021 New Mexico St. W 59 - 3 1 1 12 1
11/20/2021 Arkansas W 42 - 35 3 3 19.33
11/27/2021 @ Auburn W 24 - 22 (4OT) 1 1 14
12/4/2021 Georgia
@ Atlanta, GA
W 41 - 24 1 1 13
12/31/2021 Cincinnati 27 - 6 1 1 9 1
1/10/2022 @ Georgia - 0


Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Colby Parkinson, Stanford
  • '19 - Caleb Wilson, UCLA
7. Washington image Cade Otton*, TE, Washington
Height: 6-5. Weight: 238.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Otton got off to a quality start before being sidelined by COVID-19. He also dealt with some other injuries. After missing almost a month, Otton returned the field, but he was not as productive for Washington in 2021.

6/26/21: Otton played well in limited action for Washington in 2020. He has three-down starting potential for the NFL because he is a solid receiver and is a willing contributor as a blocker. Otton worked his way onto the field as a freshman, and he has the potential to be one of the better tight ends in college football in 2021.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Stephen Sullivan, LSU
  • '19 - Josh Oliver, San Jose State
8. Coastal Carolina image Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
Height: 6-2. Weight: 240.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Likely is having a good season. He accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, so that week in Mobile will be a great opportunity for him to show his blocking and receiving ability.

6/26/21: While Likely is not the biggest of tight ends, he is a dangerous receiver who has quickness and athleticism. Likely has some strength to his build to compete as a blocker, but his lack of height and length will be problematic as a blocker in the NFL. Likely could be a fit as an F - movement - receiving tight end who is paired with a Y - blocking - tight end.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Dalton Keene, Virginia Tech
  • '19 - Alize Mack, Notre Dame
9. Colorado State image Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 254.
Projected 40 Time: 4.9.
Projected Round (2022): 3-5.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: McBride has been producing well for Colorado State this season. He is a quality receiver who combines route-running, quickness, and nice hands. Impressing at an all-star game would help him, and McBride accepted a Senior Bowl invitation.

6/26/21: McBride played well in Colorado State's limited 2020 action. He was a receiving weapon for Colorado State in 2019, showing quality route-running and hands. For the NFL, McBride needs to improve his blocking and could stand to get stronger. McBride, however, lacks length and could be limited as a blocker. He would likely fit best in the pros as an F - movement - tight end.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
  • '19 - Dax Raymond, Utah State
10. Florida image Kemore Gamble, TE, Florida
Height: 6-4. Weight: 248.
Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Gamble did not play in the first two games of 2021, but since returning to the field, he's been solid for the Gators. Gamble closed out the regular season by flashing impressive speed and receiving ability versus Florida State. He could have had a much bigger year if the Florida offense got more consistent passing ability out of the quarterback. Gamble is a sleeper who could be a nice value on the Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft.

6/26/21: Gamble would have been a starter at most schools, but he was stuck behind Kyle Pitts, who dominated college football over 2019 and 2020. Gamble flashed in a backup role in 2020 and has the potential to be a riser as a junior and senior. He has a thick build to block with some quickness, athleticism, and size to contribute as a receiver.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
  • '19 - Kaden Smith, Stanford
11. SMU image Grant Calcaterra, TE, SMU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 238.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Calcaterra has been decent for SMU this season. He needs to improve as a blocker for the NFL. Calcaterra is schedule to play at the Senior Bowl.

6/26/21: Calcaterra started out his collegiate career at Oklahoma before transferring to the Mustangs. He flashed some receiving ability in 2018 with Kyler Murray at quarterback, but he struggled in 2019 with Jalen Hurts before leaving for SMU. Calcaterra is an h-back receiving tight end for the NFL who faces limitations in terms of size and blocking ability.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Sean McKeon, Michigan
  • '19 - Dawson Knox, Ole Miss
12. Nevada image Cole Turner, TE, Nevada
Height: 6-6. Weight: 236.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Turner is having a quality season for Nevada. He is a sleeper who has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl and could rise with a strong performance there.

6/26/21: Turner enjoyed a breakout 2020 season and was a dangerous red-zone weapon for the Wolf Pack. To go along with receiving ability, Turner has good length and the room to add weight to his frame. He is a sleeper who could rise.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Josiah Deguara, Cincinnati
  • '19 - Zach Gentry, Michigan
13. South Carolina image Nick Muse*, TE, South Carolina
Height: 6-4. Weight: 248.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Muse has not been targeted much by South Carolina in 2021. He is having a decent season.

6/26/21: Muse has flashed some receiving ability for the Gamecocks over the past three seasons even though the Gamecocks have not fielded consistent quarterback play. In his fourth season, Muse could stand to improve his blocking and potentially produce as a receiver if South Carolina can become more effective at throwing the ball.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Charlie Taumoepeau, Portland State
  • '19 - C.J. Conrad, Kentucky
14. Illinois image Daniel Barker, TE, Illinois
Height: 6-3. Weight: 251.
Projected 40 Time: 4.7.
Projected Round (2022): 4-6.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Barker did not seen a lot of targets in 2021, but he was a red-zone weapon for the Illini.

6/26/21: Barker flashed some receiving ability during the past two seasons and also contributed as a blocker for the Fighting Illini. He has some quickness and athleticism. New head coach Brett Bielema has developed some quality tight ends at his previous coaching stops, and Barker could benefit from Bielema's coaching.





Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Matthew Wilkerson, Edward Waters
  • '19 - Kendall Blanton, Missouri
15. North Dakota State image Noah Gindorff, TE, North Dakota State
Height: 6-6. Weight: 266.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 5-7.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Gindorff did not produce a huge season. He should return to North Dakota State next year.

6/26/21: North Dakota State had a strange 2020 season, but Gindorff flashed with three touchdowns on only 11 receptions. He was a big-time point producer in 2019, notching six scores on just 10 catches. Gindorff has good size with surprising quickness. He could be a riser if the Bison feature him more as a receiver.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Devin Asiasi, UCLA
  • '19 - Drew Sample, Washington
16. Virginia Tech image James Mitchell*, TE, Virginia Tech
Height: 6-3. Weight: 255.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 6-FA.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Mitchell went out for the season with a knee injury he sustained in Week 2. He could apply for a medical redshirt and return to Virginia Tech for next year.

6/26/21: Mitchell showed some nice receiving ability for the Hokies the past two seasons and was dangerous mismatch problem for defenses. As a junior and/or senior, Mitchell could stand to improve his blocking ability for the NFL.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Jacob Breeland, Oregon
  • '19 - Tommy Sweeney, Boston College
17. San Diego State image Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 248.
Projected 40 Time: 4.75.
Projected Round (2022): 6-FA.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Bellinger had a big game against Arizona, but he was not very productive in other games.

6/26/21: Bellinger is a big-bodied tight end who flashed enough receiving ability the past two seasons to make it on to NFL teams' preseason watch list. He could rise if he can show more mismatch receiving ability in the 2021.



Previous Seasons

  • '20 - Mitchell Wilcox, South Florida
  • '19 - Foster Moreau, LSU
18. Utah image Brant Kuithe*, TE, Utah
Height: 6-1. Weight: 233.
Projected 40 Time: 4.8.
Projected Round (2022): 7-FA.
View Ranking History

12/4/21: Kuithe has played well for the Utes and is a good receiving weapon. He would be rated higher if he weren't so undersized.

6/26/21: Kuithe was a solid receiving tight end for the Utes over the past three seasons. If he were bigger, he would be rated higher, but he lacks the height and weight of the vast majority of pro tight ends. Kuithe will probably have to make an NFL roster as a backup tight end who plays the h-back and F - movement - tight end roles.





2021 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2022 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P

2023 NFL Draft Position Rankings:
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | NT | 3-4 OLB | 3-4 DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P





 








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