With the No. 73 overall pick in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected tight end Jelani Woods out of Virginia. It was a high-upside pick for a team that is trying to take the next step toward winning a Super Bowl.
Woods will take some time to develop and adjust on the next level, but he has the intangibles. He is absolutely massive.
At 6-foot-7, 253 pounds, Woods ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash and recorded a 37.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump, while repping 24 times on the bench press. He is a physical specimen.
Woods began his career at Oklahoma State as a three-star, pro-style quarterback before moving to tight end as a redshirt freshman. So he has only been playing the position full-time since 2018.
After just seven catches in his first season as a tight end, Woods was an All-Big 12 honorable mention as a sophomore and junior before transferring to Virginia. In his one year with the Hoos, he caught 44 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns and was named a First-Team All-ACC player.
2022 was something of a coming out party for Woods as a tight end and the Colts liked what they saw. He is a freak athlete with nowhere to go but up as he learns the nuances of the game from a different position on the next level.
In the meantime, he is turning heads at training camp. Not necessarily because of his play, but because he is a truly monstrous human. He makes 6-foot-4 Matt Ryan and 6-foot-5 starting tight end Mo Alie-Cox look small.
— Indy Source (@SourceIndiana) August 10, 2022
If Woods can continue to grow as a tight end and become a legitimate weapon in the passing game and as a blocker, he is going to be hard to stop.
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