2. Trey McBride, Colorado State
Trey McBride is the consensus number one tight end in the 2022 NFL Draft. His play leaves no doubt that this is the case.
The only reason he is not number one on this list is because of value. PFF ranks him 64th overall, so if the Bengals were to target McBride, it would more than likely have to be with their first-round pick. Unless they were willing to trade back a bit or trade up in the second round.
While PFF’s ranking would put him at the end of the second round, do not expect that to happen.
McBride was used primarily as an inline tight end who looks just as comfortable playing outside. He is a very willing and excellent run blocker. He also pass-blocks very well.
McBride is an outstanding receiver. Even though he mainly lined up inline, he still finished the 2021 season with a jaw-dropping 90 catches for 1,121 yards. He completed his college career with 164 receptions, 2,100 yards, and 10 touchdowns.
One would have to imagine that if the Bengals have a shot at him in the second round, they would sprint to the podium to draft McBride. Just do not count on him being there at 63 overall.