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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893 421
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Arizona Wildcats football, New England Patriots

2
541 211
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bearcats football, Kansas City Chiefs

3
476 510
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints

4
446 364
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
358 115
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Philadelphia Eagles

6
486 455
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tennessee Volunteers football, Dallas Cowboys

7
414 386
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Diego Chargers

8
291 234
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football

9
272 238
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
231 213
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

11
239 275
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
229 307
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
229 323
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Maryland Terrapins football, San Francisco 49ers

14
149 205
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

15
116 71
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram

16
160 230
Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Denver Broncos

17
109 158
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
61 43
David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
David Njoku

19
43 36
George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle

20
71 65
O.J. Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
O.J. Howard

21
42 45
Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper

22
87 214
Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Arizona State Sun Devils football

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15 13
Trey Burton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Florida Gators football

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13 11
Vance McDonald is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added San Francisco 49ers

25
76 48
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram

26
74 74
Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Hunter Henry

27
53 158
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers

28
59 135
Charles Clay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Miami Dolphins

29
54 133
Coby Fleener is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Indianapolis Colts

30
65 191
Jermaine Gresham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bengals

31
60 45
Hunter Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Hunter Henry

32
52 127
Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Indianapolis Colts

33
49 205
Brandon Pettigrew is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Detroit Lions

34
41 54
Jack Doyle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jack Doyle

35
57 92
Benjamin Watson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints, Georgia Bulldogs football team, New England Patriots

36
45 46
Jesse James is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jesse James

37
47 60
Me is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TheHighlightReel added Me

38
1 13
C.J. Uzomah is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added C.J. Uzomah Auburn Tigers football

39
15 68
Richard Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Richard Rodgers

40
26 42
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
SuperUnicorn33 added Washington Huskies men's basketball, Washington Huskies football

41
14 25
Brent Celek is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Connoryoshi added Cincinnati Bearcats football, Philadelphia Eagles

42
7 12
Jeff Heuerman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Jeff Heuerman Ohio State Buckeyes football

43
3 11
Chris Herndon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Chris Herndon

44
3 11
Mark Andrews is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Mark Andrews

45
3 11
Ricky Seals-Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Ricky Seals-Jones

46
20 118
Brandon Myers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Oakland Raiders, New York Giants

47
2 11
Geoff Swaim is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Geoff Swaim

48
2 11
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
LuisP added Cleveland Browns

49
1 10
Jackie Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
LuisP added St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

50
1 11
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
LuisP added