NY Jets draft the most athletic TE in NFL history in Zack Kuntz
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets just drafted the most athletic tight end in NFL history. No, seriously — that's not an exaggeration. Seventh-round pick Zack Kuntz is the most athletic since Relative Athletic Scores (RAS) have been recorded.
RAS measures the athletic score of every prospect to come through the NFL Draft, accounting for size and athletic testing. Out of 1,020 tight ends to be draft eligible since 1987, Kuntz ranks first as the most athletic player in history at his position.
At 6-foot-8, 255 pounds, Kuntz ran an unbelievable 4.55 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. That time ranked in the 97th percentile of players at his position — and he did so at 6-foot-8, 255 pounds.
He's quite literally the freakiest of all freak athlete tight ends in NFL history. Seventh-round picks don't get much more exciting than that.
NY Jets TE Zack Kuntz is the most exciting seventh-round pick in the draft
The Jets traded down with the Las Vegas Raiders to pick up this extra seventh-round pick, along with the late sixth-round pick they used to select LSU defensive back Jarrick Bernard-Converse.
Kuntz spent the first three years of his collegiate career at Penn State, although he struggled to find playing time. After catching just three passes in three years, Kuntz transferred to Old Dominion ahead of the 2022 season.
It was at Old Dominion where Kuntz flourished. The Pennsylvania native hauled in 73 catches for 692 yards and two touchdowns in 2021 and looked primed for a monster senior season.
Unfortunately, a torn ACL limited Kuntz to just five games in 2022 and likely hurt his draft stock. The Jets won't be complaining, however.
Kuntz is a massive project as an underdeveloped route-runner and blocker, but his unprecedented size and athleticism make this the most exciting pick the Jets could have made at this stage of the draft.
He'll look to earn a roster spot in a tight-end room that already features the likes of Tyler Conklin, C.J. Uzomah, Jeremy Ruckert, and Kenny Yeboah. At the very least, why not just put Kuntz on the field-goal block team?
Zack Kuntz is the freakiest freak in this draft, and now he's on his way to Florham Park.