The New York Jets traded down twice, and eventually settled in at the 121st pick, where the took the West Virginia tight end.
It took a little bit of movement, but the New York Jets finally made their first pick on the NFL Draft’s final day. The team wound up selecting West Virginia tight end Trevon Wesco with the 121st overall pick.
Another pass-catcher joins the fold.
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Wesco has primarily made his mark as a blocking tight end. He began his football career at small school Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania before transferring to Morgantown in 2016. His size and strength were well discussed, as he turned into one of the strong blockers in the nation.
He had just two receptions over his first two seasons as a Mountaineer, one of which was a six-yard touchdown. Last season saw him take an increased role in the offense. Wesco tallied 366 yards on 26 receptions, one of which went for a score. For his multi-faceted efforts on offense, Wesco was named to the 2018 All-Big 12 team.
“Wesco has the play strength and toughness of an NFL tight end, but he’s still very raw in the passing game, which could take some time to shore up,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote in an NFL.com scouting report “He has a terrific demeanor as a run-blocker and the footwork to become much more consistent in sustaining blocks once he gets his hand placement corrected.”
Wesco was the second of back-to-back picks from West Virginia. Receiver Gary Jennings went to the Seattle Seahawks one pick prior.
The Jets’ first pick of the draft’s final day took quite an adventure. As the proceedings opened, the Jets were slated for two picks, the first coming at 106. However, they would trade that fourth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints, getting back into the fifth round in the process. New Orleans used the 106th choice to take Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, giving the Jets the 116th pick as well.
Both New Orleans picks would later be sent to the Tennessee Titans, in exchange for the pick used to take Wesco and the 157th. The Jets’ final pick of the afternoon is currently slated for the sixth-round, the 196th selection.