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Player Profile: Jalen Wydermyer

Height: 6’5”

School: Texas A&M

Weight: 255 lbs

NFL Comparison: Zach Ertz

Why you’re drafting him…

With only 118 receptions for 1,468 yards and 16 touchdowns over 34 games, Wydermyer’s stats don’t exactly jump off the page. With that being said, he does have the potential to be a very good tight end at the next level. For a guy of his size, he moves really well. There’s not a big “explosiveness” to his game but he’s an excellent route runner for a tight end. Wydermyer is sure-handed with a big catch radius and a tremendous ability to track the ball. When it comes to the contested catch, opposing teams will be hard-pressed to keep him in check. He’s aggressive at the point of attack and uses his strength and size to bully anyone that gets between him and the football. I can see him being a very good redzone target for some lucky quarterback in the NFL.

Needs to improve…

His blocking ability is average, but we need that to be a bit better. Tight ends take a while to develop in the NFL and it’ll be hard for him to get reps if he can’t block at a pro level. Aside from that, he genuinely is a fantastic prospect. His college stats are far from flashy but that’s the case for most tight ends at the collegiate level. 

Prediction for 2022 NFL Draft…

He’ll most definitely be a day two pick, but the question is whether or not he’ll find his way into the 2nd round. Regardless, I can confidently say that he’ll be among the first tight ends off of the board and has a lot of potential to land in a spot where he can thrive. My biggest guesses right now would be either Jacksonville or New York (both the Giants and the Jets would be in the mix).

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

Wydermyer is my TE2 right now and I think it’s safe to assume that he’ll continue to be a top-2 option for me regardless of landing spot. In 1QB leagues, I’d be comfortable with taking him as early as the middle of the 2nd round, though if he lands in one of my preferred spots I could reach a bit earlier . Like I said, tight ends take a while to develop so you’ll have to be patient. He’s an excellent player to stick on the taxi squad for a year or two and is a stash pick in those rookie drafts if you can afford the wait. I’ll be salivating if he lands in Jacksonville.

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