The New York Jets landed a versatile weapon when they selected West Virginia tight end Trevon Wesco in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft.
Roster spots are precious in the NFL, and any player who can play multiple roles and attack opponents in many different ways has a much better chance of sticking in the league for the long haul.
That’s why it shouldn’t surprise anyone if Wesco carves out a long career in the NFL.
A Swiss Army Knife of an offensive player, Wesco is a well-rounded player who can impact the game as both a blocker and a receiver, lining up all over the field and getting the job done with maximum effort.
“I think it was interesting to see how that fell with us with Wesco and his ability as a Y tight end with some flexibility to do other things, being able to move him in the backfield if we wanted to,” head coach Adam Gase told team reporter Ethan Greenberg during last weekend’s rookie orientation. “He’s very versatile and he’s able to do all the things you’d want a tight end to do. He can block in-line, he can catch the ball and he is a good route runner. Is he going to stretch the field 40 yards downfield? Probably not really his thing, but there are a lot of good things that he does do.”
While Wesco isn’t exactly the explosive downfield weapon that would remind anyone of Rob Gronkowski or O.J. Howard, he’s more than capable of providing Sam Darnold with a reliable target at every level of the field.
Likewise, he may not be the kind of blocker that would be treated as an extra offensive lineman, but his athleticism, intelligence and toughness allow him to line up at multiple spots and improve the entire offense as both a run blocker and a pass protector.
Tight ends may not be the flashiest of draft picks, but Wesco is a complete player Jets fans should quickly come to appreciate because of all the different ways he can positively impact the game.