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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930 458
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Arizona Wildcats football, New England Patriots

2
587 226
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Cincinnati Bearcats football, Kansas City Chiefs

3
468 392
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
484 552
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
New Orleans Saints

5
394 126
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Philadelphia Eagles

6
501 480
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tennessee Volunteers football, Dallas Cowboys

7
424 408
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Diego Chargers

8
300 254
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football

9
287 255
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
244 228
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

11
247 294
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
234 330
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
234 340
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Maryland Terrapins football, San Francisco 49ers

14
162 216
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

15
131 83
Evan Engram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Evan Engram

16
120 168
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added North Carolina Tar Heels football

17
75 53
David Njoku is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
David Njoku

18
65 44
George Kittle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
George Kittle

19
161 249
Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Denver Broncos

20
79 75
O.J. Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
O.J. Howard

21
48 52
Austin Hooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Austin Hooper

22
23 19
Trey Burton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Florida Gators football

23
90 225
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
85 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