Pre-Draft Familiarity With Colts Fruitful For Big-Target Tight End Jelani Woods

Woods jumps off the roster with his sheer size, as he’s listed at 6-foot-7 and 259 pounds. But he actually entered the college ranks with Oklahoma State as a top-25 prospect at the quarterback position. Late in his redshirt season as a true freshman, however, he was moved to tight end, and over the next three years, over 34 games with 28 starts, he would earn All-Big-12 Honorable Mention honors two times. Woods quickly learned how to use his size as a pass-catcher at Oklahoma State (he had 31 receptions for 361 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons), but he also showed he was a willing force as a blocker.

Woods really shot up draft boards after transferring to Virginia, however. In his lone season there in 2021, he earned First-Team All-ACC honors after logging 44 receptions for 598 yards and eight touchdowns. Woods not only earned an invite to the East-West Shrine Game, but he also showed off his athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he clocked a 4.61-second 40-yard dash, had 24 reps on the bench press, and measured in with 34-inch arms.

“Jelani’s unique — I’m not gonna lie to you,” Colts general manager said of Woods on Friday night after the conclusion of Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft. “I think he’s got really big upside, both as a receiving tight end and as a blocker. We think he’s going to…

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