There have been just two West Virginia tight ends taken in the NFL Draft in the last twenty years and both have gone to the New York Jets. However, that is not the only parallel between Anthony Becht and Trevon Wesco. Both men took time to develop in their early college years and later played with all-time great quarterbacks in Marc Bulger and Will Grier respectively. Now, Wesco will attempt to match, and possibly one day usurp, the production that Becht provided in the Jets offense.
For the second year in a row, the New York Jets picked a tight end in the fourth round of the NFL Draft when they took Mountaineer standout Trevon Wesco. Wesco is expected to make the roster and compete for the number two tight end role and will have an opportunity to emerge as a key lead blocker in new head coach Adam Gase’s offense. Wesco was praised for his positional versatility leading up to the draft with NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger going as far to call Wesco, “Baby Gronk” and “the Quenton Nelson of tight ends blocking.” While Wesco may not see himself on that level yet, he is ready to do whatever it takes to make his team successful, telling a Jets team reporter, “I just do whatever it takes to win ballgames. That’s what I’m about. I’m about winning ballgames, helping the team in any way I can”
Certain Jets outlets have gone as far as to say that the Jets may enter the 2019 season carrying five tight ends. It is widely expected that unless something drastic were to occur, Wesco will be a member of the 53 man roster no matter how many players at his position New York brings in to start the year. The expected starter is Chris Herndon, a second-year player out of Miami (FL) who broke out as a key target for Sam Darnold after being picked in the fourth round in 2018. Herndon is considered to be the most well-rounded tight end on the roster and some expect that Wesco was brought in to take some of the blocking load off of Herndon. Jordan Leggett is another young, receiving a focused player who was taken with the 150th pick out of Clemson last year and made appearances in 15 games as a reserve. The main competition for playing time that Wesco will see are veterans, Eric Tomlinson and Neal Sterling. Tomlinson has proven to a versatile backup who served as the Jets primary blocking tight end and appeared in 15 games in 2018. Sterling is another veteran reserve who has played for both the Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars and played in 9 games a year ago as a tight end, H-Back, and on special teams, all roles that Wesco is expected to fill for New York in the coming years. While the Jets depth chart is packed to the gills with tight ends, there is certainly a role to be carved out for Trevon Wesco.
Trevon Wesco has proven in his time as a Mountaineer to be a passionate and committed player whose work ethic will push him to be the best possible version of himself he can be. At 6’4″ and 274 lbs with outstanding blocking ability, Wesco fits the mold of the perfect secondary tight end in the modern NFL. The New York Jets are hoping he can be that, and possibly more, in 2019 and going forward into the future under coach Adam Gase.