Football The Best Tight Ends in the NFL  

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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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977 484
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Arizona Wildcats football, New England Patriots
2
628 243
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bearcats football, Kansas City Chiefs
3
500 584
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints
4
490 421
Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Miami Hurricanes football
5
433 139
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Philadelphia Eagles
6
441 423
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Diego Chargers
7
508 505
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tennessee Volunteers football, Dallas Cowboys
8
310 271
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football
9
297 268
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Minnesota Vikings
10
254 236
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
11
258 304
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football, Cincinnati Bengals
12
239 340
Martellus Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Texas A&M Aggies football, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys
13
240 352
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Maryland Terrapins football, San Francisco 49ers
14
172 227
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans
15
99 49
George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle
16
139 94
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram
17
127 175
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added North Carolina Tar Heels football
18
86 60
David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
David Njoku
19
164 257
Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Denver Broncos
20
88 80
O.J. Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
O.J. Howard
21
50 56
Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper
22
26 21
Trey Burton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Florida Gators football
23
91 229
Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Arizona State Sun Devils football
24
92 55
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram
25
20 22
Vance McDonald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added San Francisco 49ers