History will not repeat itself when it comes to the tight end position and the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, but that should come as no surprise to anyone. Kyle Pitts became the highest tight end ever drafted when Atlanta took him fourth overall last year.
There's not another Pitts in this year's tight end draft class, but there is a trio that could hear their names as early as the second round. As part of Athlon Sports' 2022 NFL Draft Guide, we have ranked each position, including 20 tight ends.
This group is headlined by Jalen Wydermyer, Trey McBride, and Jeremy Ruckert, all of whom were given a second-round grade by Athlon. There have been at least 11 tight ends selected in seven straight drafts, a stretch that started with 19 taken in 2015.
Positional rankings are just one of the features in Athlon Sports' 2022 NFL Draft Guide. This year's edition is highlighted by in-depth scouting reports on 230 of the top prospects. At 176 pages, it's the most complete preview of the upcoming draft. Purchase a copy online today, the digital edition for instant access, or look for it on newsstands everywhere.
2022 NFL Draft: Tight End Rankings
1. Jalen Wydermyer*, Texas A&M
2. Trey McBride, Colorado State
3. Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State
4. Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
5. Cade Otton, Washington
6. Gerrit Prince, UAB
7. Cole Turner, Nevada
8. Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
9. Grant Calcaterra, SMU
10. Derrick Deese Jr., San Jose State
11. Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin
12. Daniel Bellinger, San Diego State
13. James Mitchell*, Virginia Tech
14. Jelani Woods, Virginia
15. Lucas Krull, Pittsburgh
16. Teagan Quitoriano, Oregon State
17. Noah Gindorff, North Dakota State
18. Chigoziem Okonkwo, Maryland
19. Greg Dulcich*, UCLA
20. Andrew Ogletree, Youngstown State
*Denotes early entry, either draft-eligible junior or sophomore