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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965 471
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Arizona Wildcats football, New England Patriots

2
612 238
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bearcats football, Kansas City Chiefs

3
422 133
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Philadelphia Eagles

4
497 572
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints

5
481 410
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
505 496
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tennessee Volunteers football, Dallas Cowboys

7
434 419
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Diego Chargers

8
306 265
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football

9
292 264
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
251 232
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

11
254 299
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
237 335
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
239 344
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Maryland Terrapins football, San Francisco 49ers

14
166 223
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

15
135 89
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram

16
86 46
George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle

17
123 171
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
82 55
David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
David Njoku

19
162 253
Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Denver Broncos

20
85 77
O.J. Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
O.J. Howard

21
49 53
Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper

22
23 20
Trey Burton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Florida Gators football

23
90 226
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
88 54
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram

25
17 19
Vance McDonald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added San Francisco 49ers