2022 Pre-Season College Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends | college football

Time to ramp up the preview for the 2022 college football season, with Week 0 just over a month apart.

The 2022 PFF College Football Preview Guide It has just dropped, and concurrently, the pre-season PFF spot ratings that will be rolled out over the next two weeks are expanding.

Here are the PFF’s picks for the top 25 tight end entering the 2022 college football season, along with some superlatives, including biggest expectations and sleepovers.

Note: This arrangement does not take into account professional capabilities

Rank player, school
1 Brock Powers, Georgia Bulldogs
2 Michael Mayer, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
3 Eric Gilbert, Georgia Bulldogs
4 Brant Kuwaiti, Utah UTIS
5 Jahim Bell, South Carolina Gamecox
6 Eric Ull, Michigan Wolverines
7 Dalton Kinkade, Utah UTIS
8 Austin Stogner, South Carolina Gamecox
9 Marshawn Ford, Louisville Cardinals
10 Sam LaPorta, Iowa Hawkes
11 Michael Trigg, Ole Miss Rebels
12 Benjamin Eurozyk, Stanford Cardinal
13 Josh Weil, Cincinnati Bearcats
14 Darnell Washington, Georgia Bulldogs
15th Jalil Billingsley, Texas Longhorns
16 Zach Koontz, Ancient Dominion Kings
17 Pine Durham, Purdue Kettles
18 Gavin Bartholomew, House of the Panthers
19 Cameron Lato, Alabama Crimson Tide
20 Previn Span Ford, Minnesota Golden Gopher
21 Christian Trahan, Houston Cougar
22 Kimor Gamble, UCF Knights
23 Will Mallory, Miami Hurricanes
24 Kamari Morales, North Carolina Tar Heels
25 Bryson Nesbitt, North Carolina Tar Heels

Top Dog

1. Brock Powers, Georgia Bulldogs

Powers was in conversation for the best tight end in college football last year despite being a real freshman. This year, as a really sophomore, it was pretty easy to get the best tight end in college football, earning a 91.7 PFF in 2021 while generating 3.14 yards per track. This is a level of production never seen before in a PFF from a true freshman – and one that rarely gets any player in the position. His speed, explosiveness and soccer skills are all in the elite zone.

Powers is already a college football star and has a chance of making a historic career if he can maintain his current pace.

Biggest Projections

8. Austin Stoeger, South Carolina Games

Stogner was in the midst of his breakout 2020 season before suffering a Week 10 injury that led to a staph infection. He lost 35 pounds during a brutal recovery, and struggled to regain that breakthrough level of play when he returned in 2021. Before a major injury and infection, Stogner had an 87.3 receiving score while putting in 2.72 yards per track and 15-earning surplus on 32% of his goals. These three metrics ranked in the top five among the FBS tight ends. He will try to restore that old form as he meets once again with quarterback Spencer Rattler and coach Shane Beamer in South Carolina.

11. Michael Trigg, Ole Miss Rebel

Trigg was one of Kevin’s stars outside the transfer window. The 2021 four-star recruit began his career at USC, where he hoped to play for the football and basketball teams (has made multiple hoops performances from notable Division I programs). But after a disappointing new season that ended with injury and a regime change, Trig was relegated to Oxford. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end had a 54.2 receiving score across 75 routes last season, and although there were some missteps on his part, he still showed flashes of what he could be. He averaged 7.4 yards after hunting in seven receptions and took three of his five contested chances. Oh, and don’t forget his willingness to ban — an underrated aspect of his game.

14. Darnell Washington, Georgia Bulldogs

Receiving a Washington production isn’t something to write home about, but he took most of his chances and was an exceptional blocker for the run. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound narrow end is scratching the surface of what could become. Washington converted 10 of his 27 career goals into a gain of 15 yards or more while averaging 18.8 yards per reception overall. He’s also broken nine tackles after grabbing 17 receptions in his career.

In addition, Washington ranks 12th among the Power Five tight ends in the banning class since coming to Athens as a five-star recruit in 2020.

15. Jhele Billingsley, Texas Longhorns

Billingsley is said to have been at Alabama coach Nick Saban’s dog house in 2021 and will now play under old Crimson Tide offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkissian, in Texas. Before the nightmare in which he received a 50.6 score in 2021, Billingsley showed a lot of potential in 2020. He had a receiving score of 73.5 that year, notching 18 out of 19 goals for 287 yards and three touchdowns.

The 2019 Four-Star Rookie has the tools to become a top-tier receiver in college football, but he will need to build on his early career success. What his Longhorns role ends up being is something to watch, especially as he drops from 230 pounds to 216.

25. Bryson Nesbitt, North Carolina

The son of longtime NFL forward Jamar Nesbit, Bryson Nesbit has been a late star in the football recruitment process due to his penchant for basketball. In fact, he didn’t pick up a padded soccer ball until his junior year of high school. However, Nesbit quickly transformed himself into a four-star recruiter and is now a prime candidate to launch in 2022 after his real new campaign.

He scored a 75.0 PFF in 2021, 4.28 yards per trajectory and 8.3 yards after the catch per reception while pulling in each of his contested chances. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound narrow end has a large, tall frame and is a menace after the hunt. Expect North Carolina to give him plenty of opportunities at the receiver to create more mismatches.

The biggest sleepers

3. Eric Gilbert, Georgia Bulldogs

The past few years have been a rollercoaster for Gilbert. After dazzling in his new 2020 campaign with LSU, the former five-star player opted to move on. He initially committed to Florida but dropped out to join Georgia. Although the 6-foot-5, 248-pound tight finish played no surprise in the 2021 national title race for personal reasons. Gilbert is expected to fit in for the Dogs Championship in 2022, and he already caught the eye last spring. He’s ready to build in his first college season, in which he received a 73.0 receiving score that ranked third among the SEC tight ends.

6. Eric Ull, Michigan Wolverines

After a frustrating first two years on campus, everyone is finally starting to develop into the player Michigan has been expecting. The 2019 four-star recruit had a score of 75.4 last year, more than 30 points higher than the 2020 mark.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end seems to impose his will in the running game, scoring five big running blocks on his way to a 76.4-pound score last season. The latter ranked eighth among the Power Five’s tight ends with no less than 200 such shots.

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