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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
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

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2
238 148
Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Greg Olsen Tight end

3
296 218
Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jason Witten Tight end

4
279 256
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jimmy Graham Tight end

5
244 201
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Antonio Gates Tight end

6
158 62
Travis Kelce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Travis Kelce Tight end

7
273 184
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

8
125 80
Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jordan Reed Tight end

9
144 132
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Tyler Eifert Tight end

10
156 153
Martellus Bennett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Martellus Bennett Tight end

11
167 191
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Vernon Davis Tight end

12
91 95
Delanie Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Delanie Walker Tight end

13
112 135
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Kyle Rudolph Tight end

14
112 98
Julius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Julius Thomas Tight end

15
118 166
Heath Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Heath Miller Tight end

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74 162
Owen Daniels is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Owen Daniels Tight end

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94 96
Kellen Winslow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL

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76 99
Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jared Cook Tight end

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54 43
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
slaft added Zach Ertz Tight end

20
78 142
Jermichael Finley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jermichael Finley Tight end

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71 126
Jordan Cameron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jordan Cameron Tight end

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40 62
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added Eric Ebron

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35 58
Gary Barnidge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Gary Barnidge Tight end

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18 9
Cameron Brate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
jaydub17 added Cameron Brate

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52 105
Zach Miller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Zach Miller Tight end

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30 44
Charles Clay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Charles Clay Fullback, Tight end

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40 133
Fred Davis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Fred Davis Tight end

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24 43
Coby Fleener is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Coby Fleener Tight end

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32 42
Dwayne Allen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Dwayne Allen Tight end

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51 106
Jermaine Gresham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jermaine Gresham Tight end

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46 124
Brandon Pettigrew is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Brandon Pettigrew Tight end

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38 128
Kellen Winslow II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Kellen Winslow II Tight end

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28 43
Richard Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Richard Rodgers

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28 115
Dustin Keller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Dustin Keller Tight end, Wide receiver

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25 33
Benjamin Watson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Benjamin Watson Tight end

36
51 53
Sterling Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TehSauce added Sterling Sharpe Wide receiver

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28 61
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
SethFord added Brent Jones Tight end

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19 52
Billy Joe DuPree is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Billy Joe DuPree Tight end

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21 57
Frank Wycheck is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TehSauce added Frank Wycheck Tight end

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34 65
Jay Novacek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Jay Novacek Tight end

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31 60
Mark Bavaro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Mark Bavaro Tight end

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9 5
Cameron Brate is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
jaydub17 added Cameron Brate

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15 59
Vance McDonald is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added Vance McDonald

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17 55
Eric Green is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Allmighty_O added Eric Green Tight end

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11 46
Todd Christensen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
skypir876 added Todd Christensen Fullback, Tight end

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2 2
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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2 2
Tyler Kroft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TRENT13 added Tyler Kroft

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14 72
Brandon Myers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
Brandon Myers Tight end

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9 42
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
TehSauce added Kyle Brady Tight end

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5 32
Tony Moeaki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tight Ends in the NFL
VeryOaty89 added Tony Moeaki Tight end