With over two months to go before the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, it's still never too early to begin the process of evaluating the many positional needs of the NY Jets. Without a doubt, the greatest need on the offensive side of the ball for the Jets is the tight end position.
Surprisingly, general manager Joe Douglas chose not to prioritize the tight end in 2021 and went into the season with the likes of Tyler Kroft and Ryan Griffin.
Douglas can not afford to make that same mistake again and this year he must solidify the position with quality personnel. The good news is that between free agency and the draft he will have a lot of talent to choose from.
The Jets have not had a bonafide stud at tight end since Dustin Keller left the team for the Miami Dolphins and that was almost 10 years ago. They have tried many times through the draft but have failed each time.
First, it was Jace Amaro out of Texas Tech who in his final collegiate season hauled in over 100 passes. Unfortunately, his pass-catching skills didn't translate well at the pro level and he developed a bad case of the drops. Combined with injuries, Amaro was gone after only two seasons with the green and white.
The Jets tried again with former Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett, but he couldn't do in the NFL what he did to Alabama in the 2017 National Championship game.
Finally, it looked like the Jets had found their man from the University of Miami in Chris Herndon, but when it was all said and done, he didn't live up to expectations either.
A lot can happen between now and the draft in terms of free agency and trades, but for now, let's assume Gang Green addresses the defensive side of the ball in at least the first two rounds of the draft.
Guys like Trey McBride, Isaiah Likely, and Jalen Wydermyer will probably be off the board by the end of the second round. However, let's take a look at three guys who could still be available in the mid-rounds who could be attractive options for the Jets.