Get to know the New York Jets’ fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, West Virginia tight end Trevon Wesco.
The Jets spent plenty of money this offseason adding new weapons for young quarterback Sam Darnold, paying big money for one of the NFL’s most dynamic running backs (Le’Veon Bell), and adding one of the league’s best slot receivers (Jamison Crowder).
But the offense was still missing something heading into this year’s draft: A two-way tight end who can bolster the ground game with his blocking ability, while also making an impact in the passing game as a reliable receiver.
They found that player on Day 3 of this year’s draft, landing a complete player in Wesco.
With a well-rounded skill set that allows him to impact the game in many ways, no matter the down or distance, Wesco is ready to be an immediate contributor to an improving Jets offense:
I feel like my strengths are definitely in my blocking. I feel like I’m a physical player, a tough presence. One thing I’d probably have to work on is my receiving and some of my routes because I didn’t do a lot of deep routes at West Virginia, but I feel like proved myself at my pro day that I can run deep routes if they’re given to me.
While Wesco might not be ready to take the mantle of being the next Rob Gronkowski, he’s confident in his abilities:
I wouldn’t go that far yet, but I just feel like I’m a versatile player. I can do many things and I feel like I’m a dominant blocker.
No matter what the Jets need from Wesco, he’s ready to give it all he’s got as a rookie:
Obviously I like to catch touchdowns, but I definitely do take a lot of pride in my blocking. I just do whatever it takes to win ballgames. That’s what I’m about. I’m about winning ballgames, helping the team in any way I can.
They say a reliable tight end is a quarterback’s best friend, so Wesco should quickly become one of Darnold’s favorite targets in 2019. His blocking ability will help Bell live up to his high price tag, while the presence of other pass-catchers like Crowder, Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa should allow Wesco the space to make an impact in the passing game.