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Tight ends have become an integral piece to a football team's offense. In the past, tight ends have mostly served as extra offensive lineman to help with run blocking and an occasional pair of hands to catch a defense off-guard. But the game has changed significantly recent years. Big, athletic, pass catching tight ends have allowed offenses to stretch the field and are an added threat in today's predominantly pass-first NFL. The influx of these players has changed the way defenses prepare for an opposing team and now have to take account players they wouldn't have had to worry about in the past. For many years, Tony Gonzalez was considered the preeminent tight end for his rare combination of speed and power. He is widely looked at the greatest tight end to play the game. Gonzalez was the first in this era for tight ends. Players like New England's Rob Gronkowski, San Francisco's Vernon Davis and New Orleans' Jimmy Graham are three examples of these bigger, faster tight end whom have followed in Gonzalez's footsteps.

Vote for the tight end you think is the best in the NFL in 2016-2017. The definition for who you consider to be the top tight end is open-ended. It can be one of the pass catchers from above or a blocking tight end. No matter what definition you choose, be sure to vote for your favorite tight end.

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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

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217 127
Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Greg Olsen Tight end

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255 234
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jimmy Graham Tight end

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272 193
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jason Witten Tight end

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229 180
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Antonio Gates Tight end

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254 168
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

7
126 54
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Travis Kelce Tight end

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108 72
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jordan Reed Tight end

9
133 121
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tyler Eifert Tight end

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143 141
Martellus Bennett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Martellus Bennett Tight end

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159 178
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Vernon Davis Tight end

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76 91
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Delanie Walker Tight end

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96 130
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Kyle Rudolph Tight end

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111 156
Heath Miller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Heath Miller Tight end

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103 87
Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Julius Thomas Tight end

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70 149
Owen Daniels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Owen Daniels Tight end

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89 84
Kellen Winslow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL

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66 91
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jared Cook Tight end

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74 129
Jermichael Finley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jermichael Finley Tight end

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70 114
Jordan Cameron is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jordan Cameron Tight end

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31 47
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Gary Barnidge Tight end

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35 54
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added Eric Ebron

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47 96
Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Zach Miller Tight end

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35 37
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Zach Ertz Tight end

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39 125
Fred Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Fred Davis Tight end

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51 96
Jermaine Gresham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jermaine Gresham Tight end

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46 116
Brandon Pettigrew is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Brandon Pettigrew Tight end

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27 37
Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Dwayne Allen Tight end

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37 121
Kellen Winslow II is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Kellen Winslow II Tight end

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22 40
Charles Clay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Charles Clay Fullback, Tight end

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7 4
Cameron Brate is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
jaydub17 added Cameron Brate

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17 39
Coby Fleener is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Coby Fleener Tight end

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28 107
Dustin Keller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Dustin Keller Tight end, Wide receiver

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24 38
Richard Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Richard Rodgers

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28 55
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
SethFord added Brent Jones Tight end

36
19 48
Billy Joe DuPree is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Billy Joe DuPree Tight end

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49 49
Sterling Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TehSauce added Sterling Sharpe Wide receiver

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21 53
Frank Wycheck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TehSauce added Frank Wycheck Tight end

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19 33
Benjamin Watson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Benjamin Watson Tight end

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34 61
Jay Novacek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jay Novacek Tight end

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31 56
Mark Bavaro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Mark Bavaro Tight end

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17 51
Eric Green is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added Eric Green Tight end

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11 56
Vance McDonald is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added Vance McDonald

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11 42
Todd Christensen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
skypir876 added Todd Christensen Fullback, Tight end

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5 3
Cameron Brate is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
jaydub17 added Cameron Brate

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13 68
Brandon Myers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Brandon Myers Tight end

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8 40
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TehSauce added Kyle Brady Tight end

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2 30
Tony Moeaki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
VeryOaty89 added Tony Moeaki Tight end

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1 31
James Hanna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
VeryOaty89 added James Hanna Tight end

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1 31
Phillip Supernaw is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
VeryOaty89 added Phillip Supernaw Tight end