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NY Jets: 4 tight ends to target early in the 2022 NFL Draft

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4. NY Jets draft target: Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina

If you're looking for a player who is essentially an oversized wide receiver at the tight end position, look no further than Isaiah Likely.

The Coastal Carolina standout is one of the focal points of their high-powered offense and it's easy to see why. At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Likely is built like a tight end but has the athleticism and speed of an NFL wide receiver.

He is the very definition of a matchup nightmare.

His eight-catch, 232-yard, four-touchdown performance against Arkansas State earlier in the year is the perfect example of how he has the ability to completely take a game over.

Obviously, his biggest drawback is his subpar blocking ability. Coastal Carolina tends to split him out wide or in the slot to counteract this, and we've seen this work with various tight ends in recent years.

Darren Waller, Kyle Pitts, and Evan Engram are three examples of tight ends who may not be the best blockers, but their receiving skills make up for it. Likely is looking to be next-in-line in a growing list of "modern-day" NFL tight ends.

He's a speedy vertical threat who has shown the ability to make plays after the catch and he likely has the softest hands in the entire class.

Isaiah Likely would be an excellent addition to the new-look Jets offense and easily give them the most dynamic tight end they've had in years.

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