2022 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills recently worked out tight end Jelani Woods

Jelani Woods, Virginia (Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Jelani Woods, Virginia (Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) /

The tight end position was one that didn’t seem like it would be a priority for the Buffalo Bills with Dawson Knox and recently signing O.J. Howard. However, the Bills have been doing their homework and recently worked out former Virginia tight end Jelani Woods according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Pelissero also noted that he has drawn interest from the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, and Indianapolis Colts.

Woods played three seasons at Oklahoma State before finishing his college career with Virginia. It was by far his best season with 44 receptions, 598 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns.

As Pelissero also noted he has tested very well during the draft process. He finished with a perfect RAS score and ranked first among all tight ends since 1987. He has shown that even as a bigger tight end, he still has excellent athleticism.

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The Buffalo Bills have patiently waited for Dawson Knox to breakout after selecting him in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. After two up and down seasons, he finally had that big year this past season with nine receiving touchdowns.

However, the former Ole Miss tight end is now entering the final year of his rookie deal and the fact that the Buffalo Bills are looking at tight ends like Woods could be an indication that Knox may be playing his final season with the Bills.

If he has another season in 2022 like he did last year, he certainly would have an excellent market in free agency. This could create challenges for Buffalo to match or keep Knox in Western New York if he receives a big contract.

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When considering that O.J. Howard is also only playing on a one-year deal, the tight end position could look very different this time next year. That is why it might make sense to add a tight end in this year’s class and Jelani Woods could make sense.