Jelani Woods, TE
School: University of Virginia | Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
College Experience: Redshirt Senior | Age: 23 (Week 1)
Height / Weight: 6’7” 260 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th-5th round
Player Comparison: Jordan Thomas/Shades of Vernon Davis
A former 4-star QB prospect, Jaleni Woods is a developmental tight end prospect who has caught the attention of scouts in his last year in Virginia. After spending three years at Oklahoma State, Woods’ final year amassed 44 catches, 598 yards, and 8 touchdowns at the University of Virginia. He stood out in the East-West Shrine Bowl where his impressive practices, interviews, and performance has him shooting up the draft boards. Woods has a lean athletic build that scouts believe has more room to fill out as he continues to learn the position.
- Good timing and awareness.
- Very competitive when blocking and catching.
- Big body and wide wingspan creates mismatches and gives him advantage in 50-50 balls.
- Tough to bring down after the catch.
- Limited production outside of last season.
- Still learning the nuances of the position.
- Limited blocking work. Was not used in pass protection.
- Needs better hands when catching and blocking.
Let’s see his work
Jelani Woods is 6'6" (closer to 6'7" actually), 259 pounds.— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) February 2, 2022
With moves like this, he could be uncoverable in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/PbvMMWdLYp
ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay on Virginia TE Jelani Woods: "I've been really impressed with him. High character guy. Gets his work done. Has good hands. Big mitts. Give me tools that I can develop." #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/v5fJFnZR0P— WBG84 (@WBG84) March 30, 2022
Updated Jelani Woods' school (he was a transfer), added his bench. First Combine player with an unofficial score and he's heading for a doozy of a day. pic.twitter.com/ldaidOknEd— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 3, 2022
How Will He Fit On The Team
A quick glance of Woods’s profile would probably remind Washington fans of Logan Thomas. Woods is another big body raw prospect to add to the tight end room with Thomas, Reyes, and Bates. Washington would be betting on Woods to continue his upward development into an athletic mismatch at tight end. While Washington should not expect much from Woods in his rookie or second year, he has the potential to become a great tight end.