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The Best Tight Ends in the NFL 

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Updated October 18, 2019 22.5k votes 2.7k voters 27.8k views 33 items

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 who have followed in Gonzalez's footsteps.

Vote for the tight end you think is the best in the NFL right now. 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. Then head over and check out the best NFL players of the 2010s.

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Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Travis Kelce Tight end from Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

Age: 26

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Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tight end from Wayne, New Jersey

Teams: Carolina Panthers

Age: 30

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Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Zach Ertz Tight end from Orange, California

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles

Age: 25

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George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle

Teams: San Francisco 49ers

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Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tight end from Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States of America

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Age: 36

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Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Kyle Rudolph Tight end from Cincinnati, Ohio

Teams: Minnesota Vikings

Age: 29

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Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL

Teams: New York Giants

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Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tight end from Pomona, California

Teams: Tennessee Titans

Age: 31

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Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tight end from New London, Connecticut

Teams: Washington Redskins

Age: 25

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David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
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Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
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Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tight end from Goldsboro, North Carolina

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Age: 32

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Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

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Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jared Cook Tight end from Birmingham, Alabama

Teams: New Orleans Saints

Age: 28

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Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
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Teams: Indianapolis Colts

Age: 22

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Mark Andrews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
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Teams: Baltimore Ravens

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Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tyler Eifert Tight end from Fort Wayne, Indiana

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals

Age: 28

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DELETE is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Darren Waller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tight end from Landover, Maryland, USA

Teams: Oakland Raiders

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Vance McDonald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Tight end from Winnie, Texas

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Age: 25

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Jack Doyle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jack Doyle

Teams: Indianapolis Colts

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Trey Burton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
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Teams: Chicago Bears

Age: 24

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Will Dissly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

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Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tight end from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Washington Redskins

Age: 35

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Jesse James is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jesse James

Teams: Detroit Lions

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