4th round – Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia
There are greater needs for the Chiefs at this point, but when you get into the fourth round, especially on the back end, a team should begin to take flyers on projection in the hopes of striking it rich at key positions.
Tight end is a position already ripe with talent, both elite and emerging, but Jelani Woods has enjoyed such a tremendous pre-draft season and it’s looking like he could turn out to be a special player for some team fortunate enough to grab him in the draft. That alone is worth adding him to the mix to see what happens going forward.
If you’re new to Woods, just know that even the physical stature involved is impressive. He stands over 6’7 with a 6’10 wingspan with a strong frame and yet he ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 4.61 seconds and his hands match his traits, which make him a solid pass catcher with a tremendous radius. The good news here is that Woods is also an above-average blocker coming into the NFL, so he’s not a one-trick pony or a detriment to have in the lineup.
If all of that sounds too good to be true for the fourth round, just know that he’s an emerging pass catcher after being seen as more one-dimensional. Acceleration and route-running are also serious concerns and he’s gotta add more strength and bulk. There’s also not a long history of production here—think the Cornell Powell of tight ends.
That said, he’s checked every box heading into this year’s draft and could really make a mess of things behind Travis Kelce knowing the team has investments in Noah Gray and Jody Fortson there as well. Further competition and talent could make things very interesting there for the short and long term.