7 tight ends the Vikings could select in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Trey McBride (Colorado State)


  • Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 246 pounds

2021 Stats:

  • 90 catches
  • 1,121 yards
  • 1 touchdown

Arguably the best tight end in the 2022 NFL Draft is a player with a lot of production but is not a great physical tester. Trey McBride racked up monstrous numbers for Colorado State last season and has put himself firmly into the second night of the NFL Draft. If you are looking for an athletic freak that can stretch the field, however, McBride is probably not the answer.

He caught a whopping 90 balls for 1,121 yards last season, and while that only resulted in one touchdown, touchdowns do not equate to quality play. McBride has perhaps the best hands of any player in this class regardless of position and that will carry him into an NFL role for a long time.

He does a very good job of finding spots in the middle of the field and hanging on through traffic or on difficult throws. When McBride needed to make a play for the Rams, he stepped up and helped the offense stay on the field.

Given that the Vikings already have an athletic stretcher at tight end, taking more of a security blanket could make sense if they plan on using two tight ends in the passing game.

Without a premier talent at tight end in this draft, McBride could be the first off the board near the end of the second round. Minnesota does not have a pressing need at the position, but the depth behind Irv Smith Jr. is questionable. Would the Vikings actually take another tight end in the second round?