Subscribe to our newsletter

Jelani Woods

Jelani Woods Ravens Draft Central
Share
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Jelani Woods

TE Virginia 6-7 253 SR #0


 

GRADE: 79  OVR RANK: NR  POS RANK: NR
ARM LENGTH: 34 ½”//HAND SIZE: 9 ½”//40YD: 4.61 (94%)//10YD: 1.57 (97%)
VJ: 37 ½” (96%)//BJ: 10’09” (99%)//BP: 24 (89%)//SS: 4.33 (73%)//3C: 6.95 (91%)

Projection: Tools-y potential starter, who will require some development to become contributor but could develop into impact starter in life of rookie contract. Draft Projection: Day 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com

Ravens Fit: The Ravens are Tight End savants, especially the athletic type. And Woods ticks many of their boxes, in fact, enough to make him a red star in this guide. The speed at his size will be intriguing and so will his competitiveness and grit in the run game. As a former, almost exclusively, blocking TE at Oklahoma State before his Senior transfer, he has the potential to be a good run blocker in their run-heavy scheme. But, he also showed enough growth as a receiver at Virginia, in one year, to suggest that more is possible in that phase of his game. The Ravens would have to be patient but his upside in their offense is alluring.

Overall Fit 5/5

Receiving

Very good off the line of scrimmage with his size, play strength and movement skills. He can release against chips at the line of scrimmage when playing in-line, using his hands to club defenders out of the way and get back on the red-line. Also when lined up outside and facing press coverage with a jam he can use his hand placement and power to get a quick jump on Defensive Backs at the line of scrimmage. Most importantly for the position he’s an excellent processor and reads coverages well. He’s able to find the soft spot in Zone coverage with regularity, particularly adept at finding the space between two hook/curl zones in the middle of the field but in front of the Safety. He uses his processing to get open against man coverage too but it’s his athleticism that stands out as his main weapon in gaining separation. A better linear athlete than lateral, he does have good horizontal explosion but doesn’t have outstanding hip fluidity.

On less hard-angle cuts, like vertical cuts, he’s able to attack with lean and use good body mechanics and posture to gain separation at the break point, before accelerating after the break point. On 90 degree, two-step cuts on digs and outs, he takes too many steps and too much ground to get perpendicular to the line of scrimmage and lets the cover guy back into the play. There are two areas that need further development in terms of gaining separation, the first is him learning the tricks of the trade to separate using his play strength. You’d like to see him employ a chicken wing move on bam steps and use better hand timing to get hands-y DBs out of phase. The second is how to create more separation at the catch-point using his body.

If he can master both of these, his other weapons should make him a prolific receiving threat. On balls thrown at chest level or above, he will catch outside of his frame and pluck the ball. On balls thrown at his stomach or lower, he doesn’t adjust his hands with manual dexterity to position for the catch and subsequently lets the ball into his body with inconsistent results. He is learning how to use his body at the catch-point to shield the ball and secure the catch but DBs/LBs with better ball skills can find a way around that at the moment.

Blocking

As a run blocker he is competitive and aggressive and his combination of length, speed and explosion allow him to win regularly in space on DBs and LBs. He can position in space because of his foot speed and then deploys his length to fit the block inside the frame of the defender, and finish by continuing to drive his feet on contact. As a Gap blocker, he has a positioning deficiency with his attack step that means he doesn’t consistently bring his feet with him and LOS defenders who can better match his length eliminate his margin for error. It means he can’t fit and finish Drive and Down blocks effectively.

SUMMARY
Technical improvements necessary in both his separation quickness and his gap blocking but size/speed combination is rare and he has grown in college, chance for future growth.

PRODUCTION
SR: 71 Tgts, 44 Recs, 598 Rec Yards (13.6 Ave), 8 Rec TD
SO: 16 Tgts, 8 Recs, 129 Rec Yards (16.1 Ave), 1 Rec TD
INJURY: None

RAVENS FIT
Athleticism 5
Intelligence 4
Versatility 5
Grit 5
Scheme 5

D.K. Metcalf
Out To Lunch

Metcalf to Baltimore Talk

Honoring Fallen Ravens After the tragic deaths of Jaylon Ferguson and Tony Siragusa, it feels like football has come to a stop in Baltimore. And …

Read More →
Ben Powers OTAs
Street Talk

A Pre-Camp Glance at the Ravens’ Depth

We always go into the season excited for the possibilities to come. Much of that excitement is based on the construction of the roster and …

Read More →
Siragusa Ferguson OTL
Out To Lunch

Ravens Fans Left in Shock After Tragic Day

Wednesday was a tragic day for Ravens fans everywhere. We first woke up to the shocking news that 26-year old Defensive Lineman Jaylon Ferguson had …

Read More →
Jaylon Ferguson
Street Talk

Never Forget

June 22, 2022, will be remembered as one of the darkest days in the history of the Ravens franchise – a day during which #RavensFlock …

Read More →
Tony Siragusa Super Bowl XXXV
Street Talk

The Legend of Tony Siragusa

From the bottom of my heart, I hope the Baltimore Ravens Flock never experiences a day as tragic as yesterday ever again. Hours after learning …

Read More →
Tony Siragusa at Super Bowl XXXV
Street Talk

Tony Siragusa: The Loss of a Foundational Family Member

For those of us of a certain age, The Goose will always hold a special place. Yes, the 2000 Ravens will forever be recognized in …

Read More →
Join our newsletter and get 20% discount
Promotion nulla vitae elit libero a pharetra augue