2019-05-13 14:09:381 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Jets fourth-round pick tight end Trevon Wesco at West Virginia. (Image Source: Ben Queen/USA TODAY Sports Images)
The New York Jets had six picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, including two third-round selections. As we take the Jets “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all six of their draft picks, continuing with their fourth-round choice:
Round 4; Pick 19 (121st Overall): TE Trevon Wesco, West Virginia
Measurables: What Wesco has is size. He brings great bulk at 267 pounds, one of the heavier tight ends in this class and while he isn’t that tall at 6’4”, the WVU product has a tremendous wingspan (81 ½”) with superior arm length (34 ¾”). Not just big, Wesco is strong as he threw up 225 pounds an impressive 24 times at the NFL Scouting Combine. Most of his timed/measured drills in Indianapolis were average to below average, but he did post a very good broad jump (117”), which is important as it shows the potential for explosiveness out of the stance.
Skill Set: He can block. That’s probably his most valuable skill. With his size, length, and strength Wesco has all the tools needed in the trenches. His arm length translates to pass protection and he has the power to knock off defenders in the run game. Also, not afraid to mix it up. That’s not to say he can’t make an impact as a pass catcher. He has very reliable hands and can make catches in traffic. Wesco is not a game breaker but he also doesn’t go down easy and sometimes will surprise with his ability to pick up yards after the catch.
Value: This was not a great value pick, as Wesco is viewed as a prospect with a low ceiling, which is why most evaluators projected him going later on Day 3, somewhere in the fifth- or even sixth-round range.
Need: The Jets have a lot of bodies at tight end. Five heading into the draft. However, after second-year man Christopher Herndon IV the other four are mediocre at best and mostly unproven. Improving their depth at the position was definitely among their offensive needs.
Mogollon’s Pick: Looking to address their defensive backfield I would have called the name of Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye who went to the Detroit Lions with the 146th pick (fifth round). The lack of quality covermen makes the defense very vulnerable.
Who Else Did They Pass Up? Other tight ends available were Foster Moreau from LSU (No. 137) and Michigan’s Zach Gentry (No. 141). I would have also been OK had the Jets continued to address their offensive line with several guards drafted later in the fourth round in Ben Powers out of Oklahoma (No. 123), Wake Forest’s Phil Haynes (No. 124), Wes Martin from Indiana (No. 131), and Ohio State’s Michael Jordan (No. 136). USC cornerback Iman Marshall (No. 127), wide out Riley Ridley from Georgia (No. 126), and Penn State’s edge rusher Shareef Miller (No. 138) were also still on the board.
The Fit: It’s an excellent fit because Wesco should complement the pass-catching Christopher Herndon IV well and the Jets needed to improve their blocking. Adding a tight end who can block, potentially at a high level, shouldn’t be undervalued. Wesco could help keep Sam Darnold clean, as well as aid the team in maximizing Le’Veon Bell’s talents. Because he’s a legit in-line tight end he will create mismatches, as he forces the defense’s hand to honor the run.
2019 Outlook & Beyond: While he comes with little fanfare, don’t be surprised if Wesco ends up being among the team’s most-impactful rookies this season. He will have to compete with veteran Eric Tomlinson but will have the chance to emerge as the No. 2 tight end. Blocking tight end will be his role throughout his career should he prove the Jets correct for calling his name in the fourth round. Along with Herndon, Wesco could form a solid complementary duo for years to come.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: email@example.com.
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