Virginia TE Jelani Woods declared his entry into the 2022 NFL Draft.
Woods (6'7/275) spent his first three collegiate seasons as a backup at Oklahoma State, catching 31-of-45 passes for 361 yards and four touchdowns with the Cowboys before transferring to UVA in the offseason and becoming one of QB Brendan Armstrong's favorite weapons. He secured 44-of-77 targets for 598 yards, 13.6 YPC and eight touchdowns. Woods earned an 82.8 receiving grade from PFF this year, the 13th highest such grade they awarded to tight ends. He has the size and athleticism to create major mismatch problems in the NFL and should find himself taken in the middle-rounds next April.
SOURCE: Jelani Woods on Twitter
Dec 14, 2021, 5:30 PM ET
Virginia TE Jelani Woods posted a 4.61 40-yard dash and 24 reps on the bench press.
Woods (6'6"/259) might not have the fastest time at the combine, but when you take that speed and his mammoth size and strength and you really got something going here. That sounds nearly un-guardable for anyone, LB, CB or S. He rocked 598 yards and eight touchdown for Virginia after transferring from Oklahoma State, and that's a great way to stand out from a deep TE crowd.
SOURCE: Russell Brown on Twitter
Mar 3, 2022, 4:31 PM ET
Virginia TE Jelani Woods put together a strong performance at Virginia's pro day on Wednesday.
Woods (6'7/259) ran a 4.61 40-yard dash and put up 24 reps on the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine, but skipped all other athletic tests. On Wednesday at Virginia's pro day, he participated in additional workouts, and posted some elite times relative to the combine's participants. Woods' 4.20 short shuttle would have ranked as the fastest at the combine, while his 37.5 inch vertical also would have led the class. Woods is an athletic tight end who finished his final season at Virginia with a 44-598-8 receiving line. While he may not be regarded as the best tight end of his class, his elite size and athleticism will make him a coveted pick for some team.
SOURCE: Jordan Reid on Twitter
Mar 23, 2022, 5:28 PM ET
Draftwire's Luke Easterling compares Virginia TE Jelani Woods to Antonio Gates.
There hasn't been much talk about a tight end going on Day 1 in the draft. Woods was considered a late Day 2 pick early in the predraft process, but with a great showing at the combine, we've seen his stock soar. He's getting some top 30 visits, which means some teams certainly want to see more of him and someone could take him on the first day. Easterling has the Titans grabbing the former Virginia tight end at No. 26, and on his write-up, he compliments his athleticism on such a massive frame and feels like he has the same physical attributes as the future hall of fame Antonio Gates.
Apr 3, 2022, 8:44 PM ET
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