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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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Arizona Wildcats football, New England Patriots
2
636 248
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bearcats football, Kansas City Chiefs
3
502 595
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints
4
442 143
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Philadelphia Eagles
5
494 427
Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Miami Hurricanes football
6
442 431
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Diego Chargers
7
512 512
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tennessee Volunteers football, Dallas Cowboys
8
313 278
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football
9
302 272
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
257 242
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
11
259 311
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
241 358
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Maryland Terrapins football, San Francisco 49ers
13
240 348
Martellus Bennett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Texas A&M Aggies football, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys
14
162 100
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
15
109 50
George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle
16
175 231
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans
17
90 59
David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
18
132 176
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added North Carolina Tar Heels football
19
164 263
Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Denver Broncos
20
96 87
Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
21
91 81
DELETE is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
22
53 59
Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper
23
27 26
Trey Burton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Florida Gators football
24
93 233
Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Arizona State Sun Devils football
25
21 25
Vance McDonald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added San Francisco 49ers