The NFL Draft begins April 28 in Las Vegas. Below, we’ll take a look at NFL Draft odds specifically surrounding the tight end position. Without a true frontrunner this year to be drafted highly, betting odds are scant for TEs. Regardless, we’ll take a look at the top of a class that could offer serious later-round value.
NFL draft odds: First TE drafted
There’s currently not a market for the first tight end drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft. Should odds open, you’ll find them here.
How to bet on first TE drafted
This year, sportsbooks are only offering odds on how many tight ends will be drafted in the first round. The number is set at 0.5, with heavy juice on the under. Currently, no mock drafts place a tight end in the first round.
NFL Draft: 2022 TE profiles
Trey McBride, Colorado State
McBride led all TEs and was 23rd nationally in receiving yards (over 1,200) last season. However, he was a victim of Colorado State’s staggeringly-inefficient offense that finished 107th in points per drive in 2021. That led to McBride hauling in just one touchdown despite his 90 receptions (his TE counterpart, Gary Williams, had five on just 21 receptions). He’s the top TE in the class for a reason: McBride is as good and willing a blocker as he is a receiver and should make a valuable addition to an NFL team. Except him to be drafted in the second round.
Greg Dulcich, UCLA
He was a few yards away from leading the UCLA Bruins in receiving this past season. The eye-popping stat for Dulcich, though, was his ridiculous 17.3 yards per reception– second-most among tight ends in the nation. He’s a good athlete, especially for his size, though he doesn’t offer much in terms of pass blocking, which could affect his draft stock. Dulcich is very likely a second-round pick and could be the first TE off the board.
Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
Likely played five years for the Chants and was featured in their high-powered offense. He was their second-leading pass catcher in 2021 with over 900 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns. Likely will be a Day 2 pick and may be taken as early as the late second round after being unranked and majorly unrecruited coming out of high school. He’ll be used in the NFL in the passing game as he’s a fluid route runner and an athletic vertical threat.
Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State
Ruckert was vastly overshadowed by first-round receivers like Garret Wilson, Chris Olave, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, but he was a valuable receiving option for the Buckeyes for years. Ohio State used him as a top receiving option in the red zone, where he raked in five touchdowns on 13 receptions in 2020. He’ll likely go in the third or fourth rounds, but Ruckert moreso than any tight end in this class is ready to make an immediate impact in the NFL.
NFL Draft TE history
Here is a list of the first tight ends taken in each NFL Draft going back to 2010.
|Year||Team||Player||College||Pick (No. overall)|
|2020||Chicago||Cole Kmet||Notre Dame||43|
|2018||Baltimore||Hayden Hurst||South Carolina||25|
|2017||Tampa Bay||OJ Howard||Alabama||19|
|2016||San Diego||Hunter Henry||Arkansas||35|
|2014||Detroit||Eric Ebron||North Carolina||10|
|2013||Cincinnati||Tyler Eifert||Notre Dame||21|
|2011||Minnesota||Kyle Rudolph||Notre Dame||43|
NFL Draft odds, strategy and trends
In four of the last five drafts, a TE has gone in the first round. However, 2022 offers a class with no first-round graded player and one is very unlikely to be drafted Day 1. Heavy juice– as high as -700– is on fewer than 0.5 TEs being drafted in the first round. As a result, markets on TEs this year are few and far between at sportsbooks.