by J.T. Toth
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Today’s Spotlight - TCU, Tight End, Jared Wiley
Name- Jared Wiley
Pos- Tight End
HT/WT- 6’7” 260 lbs.
Home – Temple, TX
Jared Wiley had a unique football career for Temple High School in Texas. He was all-district early on as a punter and as a junior was named first team all-district as well. He took over at quarterback as a senior and was named co-Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 2,314 yards and 27 touchdowns. Rivals ranked him as the No. 31 tight end nationally and schools lined up their offers, a lot to do with his versatility and athleticism. Wiley decided to stay close to home and committed to the University of Texas.
In his first year at Texas, he played in 12 games with 2 starts and had 1 reception for 15 yards. Wiley saw his playing time expand in his sophomore year, playing in all 9 games and hauling in 9 receptions for 166 yards and 1 touchdown. In 2021, he played in 11 games, starting 9 and finished the year with 9 receptions for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns. After the 2021 season, Wiley entered the transfer portal and quickly decided to join TCU for the 2022 season.
Last season, Wiley was a huge part of the Horned Frogs' offense and set career highs in receptions (24), yards (245) and touchdowns (4). This season, Wiley is on pace to put up his best numbers and is a main cog in TCU’s offense. Through 8 games, he has 22 catches for 174 yards and 4 touchdowns.
In 2023, Jared Wiley doubled all his career highs for the Horned Frogs. He caught 47 passes for 520 yards and 8 touch downs. His production did not go unnoticed and got him on every GM's radar.
Jared Wiley is the type of blocking tight ends NFL teams look for. He is aggressive and will also work to get to the second level to help extend the play. He excels at running quick slants and crosses and uses his body well to shield defenders trying to make a play on the ball. He knows where to set up in zone coverage and establishes his ground, giving his quarterback a big target. He has enough athleticism to make a catch and pick up chunks of yards afterwards with his running.
On the downside, Wiley has moments where he will take his eyes off the ball to try and set up a move instead of securing the ball first. He succeeds more in zone defenses than going against man-to-man. He has good speed but does not have the route running skills to beat an athletic man-to-man defender. A better chip and go blocker, he will struggle with one-on-one battles that for the TE to sustain one block or hold an edge. He lacks fluidity in his routes and has limited ability to contort and or extend his catch radius.
Draft 412 compares Jared Wiley to 9-year veteran Blake Bell. Bell was a former quarterback at Oklahoma and was a bit more raw than Wiley is coming out of college. Wiley was an ex-quarterback in high school and both players are comparable in their block first mentality they can bring to a team. Bell will never put up huge numbers, but he has had a long and fruitful career.
Limited outside radius
Though he will never be considered a Brock Bowers type receiver, a tight end like Wiley cannot be discounted. He has a chance to be a good 3rd tight end on a team as a blocker and handsy tight end. He can be a value pick in the middle rounds.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 4th or 5th round