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Five Things to Know About Chiefs Fourth-Round Pick TE Jared Wiley

The Chiefs selected Wiley with the No. 131 overall pick on Saturday

The Kansas City Chiefs made another addition to their offense on Saturday by selecting former TCU tight end Jared Wiley with the No. 131 overall pick.

Here are five things to know about the newest member of the offense.

1. Wiley caught 71 passes for 765 yards and 12 touchdowns over the last two years.

A transfer from the University of Texas in 2022, Wiley emerged as a reliable weapon during his two seasons at TCU. He caught 24 passes for 245 yards and four scores in 15 games (4 starts) during his first season there, but his breakout campaign took place in 2023, as he hauled in 47 grabs for 520 yards and eight touchdowns.

Wiley's efforts earned him First-Team All-Big 12 honors, and he ended his career with an exclamation point, tallying the most single-game receiving yards by a tight end in school history in his final home contest for the Horned Frogs (173 yards vs. Baylor).

2. He was considered one of the top tight ends in this year's class.

The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranked Wiley as the No. 4 tight end in this year's class behind only Brock Bowers, Ja'Tavion Sanders and Theo Johnson. In fact, Brugler had Wiley as the No. 89 overall player in this year's class, and Kansas City snagged him with the No. 131 pick. Elsewhere, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah ranked Wiley as the No. 83 overall player in this year's class.

It's all to say that the Chiefs may have landed some considerable value with the pick.

3. Wiley is as sure-handed as they come.

The 23-year-old Wiley, who stands at 6-foot-6 and 249 pounds, recorded just one drop on 120 targets during his career. He was an effective receiver down the field, too. He tallied three catches that took place at least 20 yards from the line of scrimmage in 2023, recording 137 yards on those receptions.

Here's more from Dane Brugler:

"Outstanding ball skills and catch radius, often rescuing throws behind him…Uses his large body to shield defenders from the catch point and finish in traffic."

4. He was a touchdown machine in 2023.

Wiley was familiar with the end zone during his two seasons at TCU, catching the most receiving touchdowns (8) of any FBS tight end in 2023. He also led all FBS tight ends with five red-zone touchdowns last year, and he was the only FBS tight end with three multi-touchdown games.

As a whole, Wiley tallied 12 receiving scores in 27 games for TCU.

5. Wiley has experience lining up at multiple spots offensively.

The Chiefs' offense often asks quite a bit from its tight ends, and Wiley's experience fits the bill. He was mostly an in-line tight end during his time at TCU – setting up there 62% of the time – but he also garnered snaps away from the line (32%).

Dane Brugler wrote that Wiley "runs with sneaky straight-line speed in space," and cited his 81-yard catch-and-run touchdown vs. Baylor as an example of what he can do in the passing game.

Chiefs' Southwest Regional Scout Jason Lamb shared a similar evaluation following the pick on Saturday, saying that Wiley "has that sneaky speed because he's a bigger guy…You see this bigger tight end, so you expect [him to be more of the blocking-type], but he's kind of sneaky. He ran really well and tested well, but you also see that speed on tape."

Now a member of the Chiefs, Wiley will have an opportunity to show what he can do in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Chiefs selected TCU Tight End Jared Wiley in the 4th Round (Pick 131) of the 2024 NFL Draft.

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