Outside of Dustin Keller, most NY Jets fans would struggle to name a true starting-caliber tight end the team has had in recent memory, and while Joe Douglas has addressed the position in free agency, there's still more that can be done.
The signings of C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin provide the Jets with a very solid tandem at tight end, and while neither is likely to crack 1,000 yards alone, they will provide serious help to Zach Wilson.
While a tight end in the 2022 NFL Draft likely won’t be that immediately for the team, it could help for depth and provide a young player to grow alongside this core, so don’t be surprised if Day 2 is used to help this situation.
It’s not going to be a flashy pick whenever Douglas does decide to target tight end, but it’s important for the future, and here are five players that the Jets could look at to improve the tight end position even further.
Let us know in the comments who you think the Jets should target in the 2022 NFL Draft, as well as how you’re feeling at the tight end spot going into a very important 2022.
1. The NY Jets should look to target Trey McBride
The 2022 NFL Draft doesn’t have a standout, clear All-Pro potential player at the tight end position, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have any difference-makers.
One such player that would fit that description is Colorado State’s Trey McBride. McBride is a great route-runner with good hands and quickness and is likely to become a starting tight end somewhere in the NFL in 2022.
As the Jets possess three draft picks on Day 2, there’s a good chance that’s when they will try to supplement their depth, and McBride is a fantastic target.
Most rankings have him overall in the 50s, and if the Jets want to have a core around Zach Wilson for years to come, McBride may very well be a perfect Day 2 selection.