Robert Saleh, the New York Jets’ head coach, and Joe Douglas, the general manager, have expressed their enthusiasm for Zack Kuntz, a seventh-round draft pick, whom they have praised for his “freakish ability” and potential to contribute his rookie year. Kuntz stands at 6-foot-8, the same height as the two tallest tight ends in the NFL, Zach Gentry and Donald Parham. With a 4.55 time in the 40-meter-dash and 255 pounds, Kuntz is comparable to Mike Gesicki.
Douglas further elaborated on Kuntz, saying, “We were sitting there at the top of the seventh round and just going through some of the guys who just had that freak factor to him and he was right there at the top.” Despite injuring his knee and missing the rest of his senior year at Old Dominion, Kuntz had caught eleven passes for 141 yards as well as two touchdowns in just four games. With his tremendous size, speed, and ability to catch the ball, the Jets feel that Kuntz has a significant chance to succeed in the NFL.
The Jets’ praise for Kuntz is high, and they appear to believe that the young player has a real shot at being an impact player. If Kuntz is able to adjust to the complexity of the league and translate his college success to the NFL, he could be a valuable asset to the Jets on the field. In conclusion, a productive rookie season from Kuntz could prove highly beneficial, not only for the Jets but for his professional future as well.