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
434 179
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bearcats football, Kansas City Chiefs

3
413 302
Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Miami Hurricanes football

4
448 438
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints

5
461 393
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tennessee Volunteers football, Dallas Cowboys

6
390 330
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Diego Chargers

7
278 89
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Philadelphia Eagles

8
261 198
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football

9
243 205
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
206 180
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

11
224 239
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
218 264
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
214 290
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Maryland Terrapins football, San Francisco 49ers

14
128 176
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

15
150 199
Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Denver Broncos

16
90 50
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram

17
53 42
O.J. Howard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
O.J. Howard

18
77 143
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
79 185
Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Arizona State Sun Devils football

20
67 88
Cameron Brate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
jaydub17 added Cameron Brate

21
64 47
Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Hunter Henry

22
50 133
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers

23
55 111
Charles Clay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Miami Dolphins

24
53 110
Coby Fleener is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Indianapolis Colts

25
64 168
Jermaine Gresham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bengals

26
60 34
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram

27
53 25
Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Hunter Henry

28
51 106
Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Indianapolis Colts

29
48 185
Brandon Pettigrew is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Detroit Lions

30
35 37
Jack Doyle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jack Doyle

31
41 28
David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
David Njoku

32
37 30
Jesse James is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jesse James

33
13 50
Richard Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Richard Rodgers

34
46 78
Benjamin Watson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

35
37 41
Me is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TheHighlightReel added Me

36
30 32
Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper

37
11 9
Brent Celek is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
1526579089152 added Cincinnati Bearcats football, Philadelphia Eagles

38
21 28
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
RyanTraverse added Washington Huskies men's basketball, Washington Huskies football

39
19 107
Brandon Myers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Oakland Raiders, New York Giants

40
12 27
George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle

41
9 65
James Hanna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
VeryOaty89 added Oklahoma Sooners football, Dallas Cowboys

42
8 35
Tyler Higbee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tyler Higbee

43
8 37
Adam Shaheen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Adam Shaheen

44
7 70
Phillip Supernaw is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
VeryOaty89 added Houston Texans