NAME: Josh Whyle
HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, OH
HIGH SCHOOL: La Salle
GAMES WATCHED: Alabama, Notre Dame, SMU
- 2018 (4 games): 2 targets. 1 drop.
- 2019 (12 games): 4 targets with 2 receptions for 51 yards. 1 drop.
- 2020 (10 games): 34 targets with 28 receptions for 353 yards and 6 TD.
- 2021 (13 games): 40 targets with 26 receptions for 332 yards and 6 TD. 3 drops, 1 fumble.
Whyle is best suited as a receiving tight end, but Cincinnati’s offense has often underused him. While he’s not the kind of tight end that will push the field for you, he is a big target over the middle and in the red zone. Despite not getting a ton of targets, Whyle’s massive frame and length pose an obvious mismatch against corners and he catches the ball very well. With the ball in his hands, he isn’t particularly elusive, but his frame makes it a challenge to bring him down. When it comes to run blocking, he isn’t a perfect player but he does usually get the job done. However, he doesn’t seem to possess the lower body strength to consistently block well. Whyle does have good vision to set up blocks, but he doesn’t take advantage of weaknesses in his defenders to help him extend blocks. There’s a lot more I’d like to see from Whyle, but it feels like Cincinnati limits him. I will be very excited to see what an NFL team can develop him into. As of now, I’d expect him to be picked sometime later on Day 2.