Jelani Woods NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

NFL Prospect Profile: Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia

Name: Jelani Woods

School: Virginia

Year: rJr

Position: Tight End

Measurables: 6’7’, 253 lbs.

 

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General Info:

Woods grew up in Ellenwood, Georgia, where he attended Cedar Grove High School.

In his high school days, Woods was a quarterback and racked up more than 2,300 passing yards in his senior year while throwing 26 touchdowns.

A three-star recruit, Woods committed to Oklahoma State over offers from Michigan, Louisville, South Carolina and Kansas State.

Woods made the transition to tight end during his redshirt freshman season and tallied a handful of catches in each of his three seasons with the Cowboys.

He transferred to Virginia after his redshirt junior year as a graduate student and this led to an instant uptick in his production.

In the 2021 season, Woods caught more passes, for more yards, while scoring more touchdowns, than in his previous three college seasons combined.

 

Positional Skills:

Strengths

The first thing to mention when it comes to Woods is his physical makeup. He is a true alien at the tight end position.

In fact, he is the most athletic tight end to have ever completed pre-draft testing.

Woods scored a perfect 10 out of 10 in terms of Relative Athletic Score (RAS), posting ‘elite’ scores for speed and explosion, and ‘great’ scores for size and agility.

His size in particular is put to great use on the football field. Woods will be a matchup nightmare for many defenders, and covering him one on one will be a real struggle.

Woods uses his physicality to leverage versus defenders and he is also a good route runner for his size, allowing him to ‘win’ the rep and be available to the quarterback.

He can also get yards after the catch as opponents will find it difficult to bring him down.

Woods shows reliable hands and could prove to be a dangerous red zone weapon.

As a blocker, Woods is already useful and his hulking frame should allow him to turn blocking into a true strength.

Woods has also lined up in a variety of spots, both out wide and on the end of the line of scrimmage.

Weaknesses

There really aren’t a ton of true weaknesses in Woods’ game, but the main knock on him will be his overall lack of production in college.

Considering that lack of production, Woods could be seen as someone who is still learning the position.

However, he is not a young prospect, turning 24 in October.

Despite his incredible athletic testing, there were times when Woods moved somewhat ungracefully out on the field, although still not bad for his massive size.

 

Fit with the Packers:

Overall, Woods is a very unique player at the tight end position, and could be a real weapon due to his athletic profile alone.

If he can develop, Woods could be scary, but some will question his ceiling as an older prospect.

Woods’ ability to contribute both as a blocker and a pass catcher, along with his freakish physicality, could make him very appealing to the Packers, who could target him in the fourth, or even third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

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Mark Oldacres is a sports writer from Birmingham, England and a Green Bay Packers fan. You can follow him on twitter at @Marko7LW

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Coldworld's picture

April 14, 2022 at 05:32 pm

I really like Woods, but he is pretty raw in the passing game. His immediate impact might be primarily as a blocker, backing up Big Dog. He’s a high upside player that may well go higher than I think we can justify given what we need for this year. One can hope though. He could be a great all round TE to have in a couple of years.

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murf7777's picture

April 14, 2022 at 08:05 pm

Ungracefully, is kind, I think he lumbers out of the gate. Yes, he has some upside, but he’s definitely a project. You must watch his tape to understand. His play speed is slow. He might have some really good potential, but that is a couple of years down the road that we don’t have. I’d take a big pass, much better options for the first two years.

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Coldworld's picture

April 16, 2022 at 08:49 am

He is truly raw, but rather similarly to Christian Watson, he’s a physical freak that, as you say of Woods, needs significant work on his technique in all phases to really unleash the potential. He’s not an early pick for me, but great value if he makes it to around round 4. He ought to be a useful ST piece too.

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greengold's picture

April 14, 2022 at 06:15 pm

He’s going to be special. Has to be seen higher up by teams with the natural ability and metrics.

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murf7777's picture

April 14, 2022 at 08:07 pm

GG….did you watch his tape? His play speed is slow. Compare him to Dulcich and you will see a big difference.

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greengold's picture

April 15, 2022 at 06:00 am

Of course, I watched both player’s films a number of times.

Jelani Woods is a man the same size as Julius Peppers, ran a faster 40 time (4.61 v. 4.70) than Dulcich who is far smaller. Woods has an ELITE RAS, and came into the TE position after 3 years experience as a WR. The guy’s got soft hands, and a great feel for the game.

There is the whole physics thing, where Dulcich requires more steps to travel the same distance, which can trick the eye. I’ve got nothing against Dulcich, but I like Jelani Woods a lot more. Remarkable size, power, and he’s a far superior blocker.

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murf7777's picture

April 15, 2022 at 06:29 am

I think 40 times are over rated. Also, the RAS is an indication of athletic ability, but not necessarily how the player plays on the field. The eye test tells more. That’s not even 1/10th of a second over 40 yards, which is nothing compared to getting out of the gate quicker. That could be the difference of a second. I also don’t see good cuts from him. Anyways, we can agree to disagree that’s what makes the board fun, different opinions.

It’s funny, even the professionals don’t agree, they might say, this guys great at pass rush but can’t cover and another will rave about the man’s coverage ability.

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greengold's picture

April 15, 2022 at 07:15 am

Aw, yeah, murf. Totally agree. I believe them to be overrated too. It’s the entire package I like, knowing Woods’ ceiling is quite a bit higher being 2021 was his first season playing TE. Can’t argue the size and blocking, with a ton of receiving experience, his first 3 years as a WR.

Another good thing with that is there isn’t a lot to unteach.

Not sure what they might covet more, that undeniably better short area quickness, or the “just hit me high,” which kind of renders the former negligible. You’re damn right. It’s weird trying to get a grasp of how available a player might be in any given round, based on the little tidbits we have in front of us.

Athlon’s has a pretty f-ing good chart for where each of their players reviewed sits by round. I trust some draft media outlets more than others. ALL OF THEM miss players.

I have to laugh. CBS’s mock has TE Jalen Wydermyer as pick #260, at the bottom, way bottom, of R7. Just a couple weeks ago I saw him ranked by another as the 1st TE taken… Crazy.

I do like both players fine. Kind of funny, but, I might like Chig better than both of them!

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murf7777's picture

April 15, 2022 at 08:04 am

Yeah, if he gets great coaching I can see where he could become something special.

What I really like about Dulcich is his ability to break down seams and zones for big plays. He averaged almost 19 yards per catch the last two years. Who does that as a TE. He is my first TE off the board. I’ll be surprised if he makes it to the third round. Also, he walked onto UCLA, which I love when considering his heart and desire to play football. Intangibles that can’t be rated.

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greengold's picture

April 15, 2022 at 08:45 am

Don't get me wrong, murf, I like him too, purely as an F TE. Essentially a bigger WR. Not going to get much blocking from him, but, Dulcich could develop with the right coaching and mentoring better blocking skills along the way.

No one really knows what's best (as fans) - unless we're talking about drafting Erik Kendricks or TJ Watt... those we all could see a mile away.

Like many pass catchers in this draft, whether they be WRs or TEs, there are some really good ones to be had that will make our team better. I'm open to seeing what they do. Fewer in the TE class tho. I'm really just quite confident this team will be a lot better, especially if they have a solid draft - one where the Packers Personnel staff is riding their A-game - and maybe they get a little luck.

Hoping for the best, like you, my friend.

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Minniman's picture

April 15, 2022 at 02:41 pm

Great points from both you and Murph, GG - difference of opinion without insult can be had and respected, and is actually refreshingly enjoyable to read!

I too see Woods as a high priority target for the Packers. I see his initial value purely as that red zone threat that the Packers have been lacking (and need to shore up with DA's absence).

Looking at his tape I see him filling an improved Jimmy Braham role initially, before being able to do what Kelce and Kittle et al do in the seam long term......... but I think that he'll get his chances there later this year as he understands the game better.

With what he can bring to their Red Zone Offense this season, I wouldn't be disappointed if the Packers took him in the third round.

P.S reading some of the scouting reports, one of them provided a pro comparison of.......... Martellus Bennet.......... LMAO.....that should be enough of a shudder to Gute to ensure that the Packers go nowhere near him!!!!

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Coldworld's picture

April 16, 2022 at 08:52 am

GG, few true move type TEs really become adequate blockers. Tonyan is one who did become decent, but if one wants an all around TE, that’s usually been a path to disappointment.

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stockholder's picture

April 15, 2022 at 07:18 am

Harold Carmichael - “I love to catch the ball too much to fall back. For me, there's nothing as great as catching the football. I feel like every time the ball is thrown my way, I’ll do whatever it takes to catch it, even if I have to tear it right out of a defensive back's hands."

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 15, 2022 at 08:38 am

G&G...are you sure you are reviewing video and analysis of Woods? He was not at WR at OKS, they moved him immediately to TE. I am certain all the coaches there knew of his RAS and he still couldn't crack the line up. He had the production of a 4th stringer.

Using the words "far superior" to describe his blocking is not correct, imo. I have read his blocking to be poor given his size. After 4 years playing TE, all he still mostly does is just get in the way with his large size...even then he surprisingly loses his balance while running.

One single year of catching 44 passes is too thin for me. He's a project and some team will reach for him due to his RAS that has not transferred to production on the field.

A true boom or bust project and I think he has a very low floor for the NFL game.

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greengold's picture

April 15, 2022 at 10:15 am

Point taken. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we'll see soon enough, LP!

I meant regarding Dulcich v. Woods. We're talking a difference between a 42% win rate and a 61% win rate as blockers. That makes a difference.

Totally agree, 44 receptions seems a relatively small sample size. But, for perspective, Christian Watson had 43 receptions. Some here are ready to take him at #28!!!

TE Jalen Wydermeyer 6-5 255, who is ranked Athlon's #44 overall in their Top 100, had 40 receptions. Dulcich, the guy murph & I were talking about had 42 receptions.

Trey McBride, for my money, is the best TE in this draft. He had 90 receptions. But, the kid can block too. Athlon's lists him R3, but I've never really considered him, thinking he'll go way earlier.

Charlie Kolar is my #2 overall, and he had 62 receptions last year. Thought him more of a value pick later.

Jeremy Ruckert, listed #71 overall in Athlon's Top 100 players had 26 receptions. He's listed R3 by them right behind McBride.

One of my mid Day3 favs is TE Chig Okonkwo, and he had 52 receptions, but that kid is right up LaFleur's Jet Concept Alley. Possibly the best blocking TE in the entire class.

Athlon has Woods and Okonkwo listed as R7s... They do publish way early though... and none of it means a whole lot. Personnel Depts all have their boards set pretty much - millions of $$$ invested in the research. History shows even the best don't know for certain who is really going to hit.

Aren't they all boom or bust? Draft picks are valuable... all of them, really.

Yeah, LambeauPlain, I'm taking all of it in pretty seriously this year, not that it matters being just a fan, but I love it with a passion, and the stakes are high for Gutekunst (and our team) in hitting it right.

Also, haven't been looking to add the "complete TE-type," knowing the learning curve is that much greater, takes longer. Been wanting straight F-Types that can just line up, run their routes and CTFB. This weird "Gotta maximize success with rookies," thing we appear to be in... that's where I've been trying to focus. None of those have receptions totals greater than Chig or Woods.

I'm just going to have fun watching what they do, and I trust our team will be WAY better in a couple weeks or so.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 15, 2022 at 10:30 am

If the wides are thinned out, take McBride with the #28 if they cannot move into the top of the second. He won't last until #53. Tonyan won't see the field until Nov-Dec. Get Playmakers, not projects that FU during crunch time.

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greengold's picture

April 15, 2022 at 10:54 am

I don't know, Jannes - I mean, about how thin that group will get by the time we get our shot at #22. If the bottom end of the top is Dotson, fine! I've been working a lot of different scenarios just in case that happens. I saw in CBS's latest 7 Rounder that came out yesterday, that was our pick... Olave and Burks were taken ahead of us, as was Wyatt. Dotson was the 6th WR taken in the draft with the Packers selection at #22.

Six WRs taken by #22 is the most aggressive pounding of that position group I've seen mocked thus far.

Jahan Dotson is a great WR. I'd be thrilled with him as our top pick, just like I would if it were Olave or Burks... Those three seem attainable. Dotson has a silky smooth quality to his play, and reminds me a bit of a very young Antonio Freeman. He's got some of that to his game that I like. Certainly has the numbers, and I love the kid to the Packers.

That's a WR who can become a #1WR. No doubt in my mind. A few people here might have seen I want Velus. He's my top choice. 100%. Getting both would be phenomenal, IMO.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 17, 2022 at 01:50 pm

I would only take Dotson in the low two pick or third round. Not on my board.

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dobber's picture

April 15, 2022 at 11:00 am

My hope is that the Packers find 3 pass catchers in their first 7 picks, but I think the top of the TE board will be overdrafted due to a lack of star power at the top of the position and some teams having clear needs. I wouldn't throw 28 at McBride. I think that would be overpaying significantly with others likely to be available at that point.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 17, 2022 at 01:55 pm

Not a preference, just speculation. We never know how the QB desperate teams will be reaching for straw in the first. I would prefer to use one of the first rounders to move into the high second rd and bag another two and three picks.

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murf7777's picture

April 15, 2022 at 03:40 pm

JJ, here's an interesting stat. WR's bust almost identical in the first round vs second. Probably why Packers have done very well landing them in the 2nd round.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 15, 2022 at 11:45 am

Thanks for the added comments, G&G. The 43 catches for Watson concerned me too. So I dug into it a bit more.

I discovered the high octane 2021 NDSU offense gained twice as many yards on the ground as through the air! Why pass when you are moving the chains on first or second down?

On many college teams he would have twice as many receptions. Because when Watson was targeted, the QB rating was an elite 143! And he had 1,142 all purpose yards.

Is Watson a reach at #28? Could be, but what do you get?

1. Catches his targets with great YAC.
2. Speed to take the top off as MVS did.
3. Instant starter for Bisaccia on all STs...dynamo returner and gunner.
4. Would figure in the O for jets, screens, all around the formation.
5. Very high floor and ceiling.
6. Very intelligent and an honor student.

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greengold's picture

April 15, 2022 at 12:11 pm

Yeah, I have been questioning some things with him being thought of as an R1. What I like to look for is someone who can be a #1 WR, with a pick that high.

Look at the competition faced. That one kind of throws up a bunch of red flags so early. Maybe they see things differently, but Power 5 competition lends more confidence. I keep thinking of Ron Wolf's saying how important it was for your blue chip players to come from major programs. This might apply here.

I like Watson, has a solid Catch $, fast, able to run Jet concepts... but, he hasn't shown himself to be a volume receiver, number 1, and his level of competitions faces makes me question how he'll hold up vs. NFL secondaries.

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Coldworld's picture

April 16, 2022 at 08:40 am

His technique is severely lacking. Tremendous physical attributes. I think he could be a great receiver, but I think it takes 3 years for him to really blossom. Is that what we want in round 1 or even 2, given what we are trying to achieve this year?

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 17, 2022 at 01:47 pm

McBride is target #1, then I sniff for solid Inline dudes who have played TE their Entire career. Blockers who can catch in the short zones. Tom Crabtree helped the Pack win a SB.

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greengold's picture

April 17, 2022 at 02:27 pm

Jannes, I keep reminding myself how improbable the goal might seem in turning some of these players into legit, significant rookie contributors.

Really have to think out of the box in the solution. It might not involve expected players/slotting to pull off. I feel this would possibly get us there:

22 WR Velus Jones*
28 DT Perrion Winfrey*
53 LB Troy Andersen*
59 S Bryan Cook*
93 WR Erik Ezukanma*
132 EDGE Alex Wright*
140 TE Chig Okonkwo*
171 OT Thayer Munford*
228 CB/S Markquese Bell*
249 OT Dare Rosenthal*
258 WR Deven Thompkins*

Another option:

22 WR Chris Olave
28 WR Velus Jones
53 DT Perrion Winfrey
59 LB Troy Andersen
93 S Bryan Cook
132 OT Thayer Munford
140 EDGE Michael Clemons
171 EDGE Alex Wright
228 CB Cobie Durant
249 OT Matt Waletzko
258 WR Deven Thompkins

It’s not conventional, but, every single player listed has all the goods to help pull off the improbable, and they’re all TOUGH AF.

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Coldworld's picture

April 16, 2022 at 09:20 am

Woods was a 3 star rated QB in high school, not a WR, before converting to TE. I agree with you that he’s a project. He is a low floor, high ceiling prospect. The sort I love but not necessarily what we are looking for this year.

That said, while his blocking isn’t perfect technically, it’s far better than any other to TE prospect. As such he may have some now value and might be a great ST piece.

Unlike some, I’m not so impressed with the TE group that I see any worth a first and, In the second, I’m not sure that there won’t be better value at WR. TEs contributing in year one are even rarer than WRs doing so. If Woods is available at that point it may make sense for now as a blocking piece at worse and for the future.

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greengold's picture

April 17, 2022 at 03:10 pm

He played WR all 3 years at Oklahoma State before transferring to Virginia, where he was switched to TE his Senior year. You’re right, he started out at QB in HS. He just went through an amazing growth spurt, adding 5” to his height in college. Has to have been an adjustment getting a grasp on what he could actually do as a football player in that 4 year stretch.

Blocking? Yeah, that’s a process of development for any TE that usually takes time to figure out.

My thinking, Coldworld, was more about him exclusively as a receiving target for 2022, and anything else we might get as being a bonus.

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Galacticat's picture

April 14, 2022 at 06:32 pm

God I want this guy. Regardless of what else they do, in the draft, it the Pack come away with Jelani Woods and my other draft crush George (Malik) Pickens, I’ll be ecstatic. No little 178 pound stick boy receivers for me! Woods is an absolute beast and Pickens is a future alpha and enforcer at the WR position..an absolute red-ass. Plus AJ Dillon? And Lazard? And a healthy Sammy? MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT!

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MooPack's picture

April 14, 2022 at 07:01 pm

Yes, please. Him, Ruckert or Kolar.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 14, 2022 at 11:39 pm

TE is one of the spots where a high RAS actually correlates with top production. Mark Andrew had a 7.3 RAS. Kittle, Kelce and Gronk were all over 9. Trey McBride had a 8.08, Greg Dulchich 8.24, Peyton Hendershot(late round guy) 8.39, Charlie Kolar 9.12, Daniel Bellinger 9.66 and Jelanie Woods 10. Picking one of these doesn't mean they'll be good, it just increases the odds they will be.

Ruckert was hurt at both the combine and OSU's pro day. I think he slips a little bit because some of the other guys tested so well. I think it's pretty likely he'd be there at 132 or 140.

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dobber's picture

April 15, 2022 at 11:02 am

We'll see what happens with Ruckert and Kolar. I think they go higher than many draftniks are predicting.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 14, 2022 at 10:48 pm

His Consensus rating has him as 4th round guy, with several TEs rated higher. We might have a shot at him, Ruckert, or Kolar at #92.

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greengold's picture

April 15, 2022 at 06:41 am

“Consensus,” is still guesswork. Dane Brugler has him going at #88. Not a ton of options in adding a TE - around 4 that I like in this draft. Maybe 5…

Should be fun to see what they do, and where these players get selected.

Looking at the talent everywhere we need help - this draft looks to be set up perfectly for the Packers. So many WRs, EGDE, OT, DT, LB, S options.

All I know, much of the cream of the crop will be gone by Day 3. Count on getting 5-6 really good additions, and the rest is a bonus for what will prove to be great scouting/drafting work, if all goes well. Gutekunst & his crew appear to be getting better & better through all 7 rounds + UDFA. I like our chances to vastly improve.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 15, 2022 at 09:24 am

The Consensus Big Board is an average of hundreds of other Big Boards, including PFNs, PFF, Sports Illustrated, etc. So I think it's a pretty good place to start.

I also read Charlie Campbell at Walterfootball, and Drew Boylhart at thehuddlereport. These guys have been doing player evaluations for a very long time and have a very good record. Walterfootball thinks Woods is not one of the top three TEs, but is probably in that next group that includes Ruckert and Kolar. Boylhart doesn't have a published profile on him but rates him as #7, right in between Ruckert and Kolar.

He has long legs, and long-legged guys don't look real quick on film. But once they get going, they can eat up quite a bit of space. Campbell said that he thought Woods was one of the better blockers at that position, so that raises him a little bit in my opinion.

I did a simulation yesterday, no trades and I got six really good players in the first 32. Two WRs, Burks and Thornton, two OL, Kenyon Greene and Sean Rhyan, and two TEs, Trey McBride and Charlie Kolar. And at 140, I took the fastest RB at the combine.

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greengold's picture

April 15, 2022 at 10:34 am

Oh, I know, Leatherhead. I just meant, in the grand scheme... there's a lot of flux. A lot of that thing like in any profession, some people are really good, some people are good, some are ok, some totally suck... This holds true in the draft industry like in any other industry.

I have been following Charlie and those cats since they started, and damn if they don't have a bias against the Packers. Over the last 3 years, I've pretty much given up using them as a resource, mainly because they suck so bad with their mocks, and because of Walter's blatant biases.

Been finding a lot of other good sources, better ones, and I do like sticking to my time tested Athlon's, Ourlads and still hang in there with The Sporting News, while they're hanging in there... I think I'm hitting up about 10 different draft outlets to gain info. Maybe more. I've got some time tested gems going way back.

I like all those players, btw! Nice bunch of picks. Took Pierre didja?!!!

Btw, was reviewing a lot of WR film, and other positions the last few days. It's usually the last thing I get to with this stuff, with the exception being my big early hits. Thornton, I like him, and he's one tough SOB. Not sure about him, but, that kid can catch and has no fear. Didn't see him maximizing his speed though. Wasn't really noticeable, or anything that really jumped out. That jumped out for me on the negative side a bit. Maybe late.

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dobber's picture

April 16, 2022 at 11:00 am

How many current GMs put in their opinions on that consensus big board? Guys who need to pick players based on their needs now and in the next couple years, the players they need to support, and schemes (with player fit) they need to run? The answer is zero because a GM who openly shares proprietary draft info would get fired...which means the big board doesn't mean a lot (especially outside the top 10-15 players).

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murf7777's picture

April 15, 2022 at 08:08 am

LH, take Dulcich at 59 and I’d be happy. He’s the best receiver of them all. He averaged almost 19 YPC his last two years. If you haven’t, watch his tape and be impressed. Woods has potential, but doubtful you get much in the first couple of years.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 15, 2022 at 09:27 am

Dulcich has been under the radar, but he gets good props from the scouts I've read.

Here's why I like Trey McBride. Throughout the entire process, on virtually every site, this guy is considered the top TE. I'm sure his film has been scrutinized and he doesn't fall, like Wydermyer did. He consistently remains a Day Two guy and the first TE. So I took him at #59 on my last simulation.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 15, 2022 at 10:39 am

Agee on McBride, but he will go earlier. I'm not holding my breath for Tonyan to show up, McBride makes plays.

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greengold's picture

April 15, 2022 at 11:26 am

Totally agree, along with your wish they add two this draft. Wouldn't be a bad idea, unsure of how either of Tonyan or Deguara come back from the knees. Not to mention the importance of TE in LaFleur's schemes.

My hope is we lad Woods and Chig, or Woods and Kolar. Don't see us being able to tag McBride either, but, would be great if we could. I like him a lot.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 17, 2022 at 02:02 pm

They need an another Inline guy who can play the Dbl TE stacks for the running game and break to the flats for the pass on 2-3rd and short. McBride can do it all, then snag your Kolar, Krull or Ruckert. Lewis has lost two steps and the error in the playoff game, sealed his fate on my roster. He should retire.

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Stickwin's picture

April 15, 2022 at 03:55 am

The Draft Network tries to compare prospects to current NFL players. At TE McBride is compared to Harrison Bryant, Likely to Josh Oliver, Dulich to Hayden Hurst, Ruckert to Pat Freiermuth, and Otton to a combo of Freiermuth and Zach Ertz. Jelani Woods has NO COMPARISON. He would be great in a LaFleur offense.

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stockholder's picture

April 15, 2022 at 07:09 am

Mercedes Lewis clone. But don't think his hands are elite. Because their not. He's a TE. Who could replace Lewis. So if Lewis needs to be replaced. Gute should Draft him. I prefer the Tony Gonzales type. Fast off the line, and great hands.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 15, 2022 at 09:30 am

Lewis was a consensus first round player and the first TE on the board the year he was drafted. I wouldn't put Woods in that category. I'd compare him with that big dummy we had, Anthony Quarless, in terms of his size and movement.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 15, 2022 at 10:42 am

Quarless helped them win a SB. That's why I like Big Ten guys.

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Coldworld's picture

April 16, 2022 at 09:33 am

Athletically not terribly comparable: Quarless was not an exceptional athlete by nfl standards (he was notably slow in the shuffle) and was smaller: 6’4, 252 as opposed to Wood’s 6’7, 275 at the combine.

Woods is perhaps a little closer to Bubba Franks, though a lot less polished coming out (it’s worth noting that Franks took a year to make an impact). Woods is slightly taller and ten pounds heavier than Franks was at drafting, but Franks added weight. If Woods proved to be a close to as good a red zone target, that would really help us alone, but he’s unlikely to do so as a rookie.

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beerandbrats's picture

April 15, 2022 at 10:28 am

There are some very interesting tight ends this year. Brett Favre had Mark Chumura. TB12 has Gronkowski. AR12 has never had a stud TE like Kittle or Kelce. We tried with Jimmy Graham but he was past his prime. Jelani Woods sounds like a beast! I'm really hoping the Packers find the next great game changing TE in this draft!

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Leatherhead's picture

April 15, 2022 at 11:01 am

Aaron Rodgers has never used a TE like Kelce. Jimmy Graham was considered a HOFer prior to his time in Green Bay, and he's had several good years since he left. One of his better TEs, Finley, openly complained that Rodgers didn't know how to use him.

I don't think it's just as simple as "AR has never had (a top TE) " to work with.

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beerandbrats's picture

April 15, 2022 at 11:35 am

I suspect you may be right LH. I just hate it when somebody else's TE torches us over the middle. Always makes me wish we had a stud TE!

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dobber's picture

April 16, 2022 at 11:03 am

I think most TEs do a lot of their work in the zones where #12 doesn't like to throw, which has always limited their impact on this offense.

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