The NFL offseason is nearly upon us. While others focus on 2022 NFL free agency and how NFL teams might find ways to improve, let's take a different approach and look ahead to the 2022 NFL Draft. Specifically: dynasty fantasy football talent.
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Throughout draft season, I'll be delivering top-five lists at every fantasy position to keep tabs on the top dynasty prospects. For those looking to dig deeper, PFF's 2022 NFL Draft Guide is a crucial resource, and it will be updated throughout the offseason leading up to the NFL draft in April.
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— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 26, 2022
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McBride posted eye-popping numbers in 2021. The Colorado State Ram compiled 1,125 receiving yards, which comprised 37% of the team’s total passing yardage production. His sheer dominance and command for the football — second-highest target rate per route run (30%) — elevated him to a 94.7 PFF overall grade — the best among tight ends in the nation — and the John Mackey Award.
However, his senior year breakout wasn’t too surprising based on what he did in a truncated 2020 season. McBride commanded an absurd 71% dominator rating — which considers the number of touchdowns and receiving yards a player commands within their offense — operating as the engine of the Rams offense in the four games played.
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96.1 PFF Receiving Grade (2nd — behind Kyle Pitts) ????
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— Dwain McFarland (@dwainmcfarland) February 2, 2022
He even possesses under-the-radar upside because he can win downfield. McBride finished third in catches and fourth in yards on targets of 20-plus air yards. If he ends up armed with a big-armed quarterback — Justin Herbert does need a new tight end — watch out.
With McBride already impressing at the Senior Bowl, he has a great chance to be the first tight end drafted. With a well-rounded skill set, McBride looks the part of a high-floor inline tight end who can start from Day 1.
Pros/cons from PFF's 2022 NFL Draft Guide
Wydermyer has been producing at a high level in the SEC since the age of 19. The Texas native broke out as a true freshman, catching 32 passes for 447 yards and six touchdowns en route to a 21% dominator rating.
The Aggies tight end turned up the afterburners in Year 2 with an impressive 26% dominator rating. Wydermyer finished fourth in the FBS in receptions and ninth in PFF receiving grade (84.0).
After back-to-back seasons of outstanding play, college football fans couldn’t wait to see how Wydermyer would tie a bow on his Texas A&M career. Alas, the gargantuan tight end failed to live up to the lofty expectations, settling for a career-low PFF receiving grade (68.1) that ranked 25th out of 50 qualifying 2022 draft-eligible tight ends.
However, Wydermyer’s entire body of receiving work — all-time tight end leader in receiving yards, receptions and receiving touchdowns at Texas A&M — combined with his elusiveness and size paint the picture of a coveted prospect. It might just take some time for the 21-year-old to acclimate considering his lack of willingness as a blocker in the run game.
Being a sub-par blocker isn’t the worst trait for fantasy football, as tight ends need to run routes to score points. But any drawback to a young player’s game that gives coaches an excuse to get them off the field is not ideal.