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3 mid-round tight ends the NY Jets can target in the 2022 NFL Draft

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NY Jets, Charlie Kolar
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2. NY Jets target: Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

If you're looking for a tight end with an abundance of game experience in the draft then Iowa State's Charlie Kolar is your guy. In four seasons for the Hawkeyes, Kolar has 43 games played under his belt. Saying he's an experienced player would be an understatement, to say the least.

Kolar has gotten better each year and he has the numbers to prove it. He culminated his record-setting career at Iowa State in 2021 by catching 62 passes for 756 yards and six touchdowns. Overall, Kolar hauled in 168 passes for 2,181 yards and 23 touchdowns.

He holds numerous school records for his position and over the last three years has been one of the most productive receiving tight ends in the country.

Kolar doesn't just have good hands — quite simply put he has hands of glue. He has proven that if he gets his hands on the ball then it's almost certain he's going to catch it. With those 168 career receptions come very few drops for the big tight end.

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At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Kolar is a big target for any quarterback and offers a massive catch radius when extending his arms for the high pass. He does appear to have limitations in his athleticism but makes up for it by being a high-effort guy with a strong motor.

Kolar is also great when it comes to contested catches and, as a bonus, can anchor the line with above-average blocking skills. If that's not enough for you check out his overall college GPA.

Kolar was the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy which is given to the top scholar-athlete in college football. He maintained a near 4.0 GPA as a Mechanical Engineering major.

Charlie Kolar could be a welcome addition to the Jets as a reliable, rotational, red zone threat and provide Zach Wilson with a safety net on short to mid-range passes. Look for him to be drafted somewhere around the third or fourth round.

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