5 tight end options for the Bengals in the 2022 NFL Draft
1. Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin
Jake Ferguson’s run blocking is ferocious, relentless, and can be punishing.
He has one of the better, most consistent catch rate percentages amongst the tight ends in the draft, according to Playerprofiler.com. No, Ferguson does not have a season with the gaudy receiving numbers like McBride. However, over his career, Ferguson was more consistent. He finished his Badgers career with 145 receptions, 1,618 yards, and 13 touchdowns.
What put Ferguson over the top is his ability to pass-block. You need to look no further than the Wisconsin vs. Michigan game. Ferguson was entrusted with pass blocking possible first overall pick, Aidan Hutchinson one-on-one on several occasions, and Ferguson came out on top.
It could be argued that Ferguson did a better job of protecting his quarterback against Michigan’s pass rush than most offensive linemen. What a monumental get he would be for Zac Taylor and an offense that likes to sometimes leave tight ends on an island against defensive ends.
PFF ranks him at 204, which is too low. These assessments have him reaching “steal of the draft” territory. They are borderline disrespectful.
But as the French say, one team’s loss is another team’s opportunity to select the perfect tight end for what they need. Or, something like that.
If PFF rankings hold true during the draft, Cincinnati will have a chance Bengals have a chance to draft Ferguson in round five or six.
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