Tight End Rankings

Updated as of 8/26/2013

Tight End is usually the one pick that is easiest to determine when you need to draft. I used to have the opinion that you never waste a pick in the first 4 rounds on one. I've had a change of heart because Jimmy Graham scores more points than most other players in the league. He is a TD machine. I would expect him to come off of the board in the mid-second to early-third round.

If you miss on Jimmy, then you shouldn't waste pick on a TE until the 5th or 6th round of the draft. Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez are the next best of the field. I would expect that one or both of these Tight ends will be snatched up in the early to mid 5th round. Rob Gronkowski is great, but his injuries concern me. You will want to wait until the 5th or 6th round for him as well. This is the ideal time to get one of the elite Tight ends, if you are inclined to do so.

What you must avoid is missing out on the elite TEs and trying to compensate by drafting the best available TE left. If you miss out on all of the top 10 on this list, you are going to be in a little bit of trouble. None of the TEs after Antonio Gates is likely to put up anything resembling consistent numbers.

Dennis Pitta would have been the number 6 best Tight End on this list, but he is out for the year with an injury. You may want to look Ed Dickson as a reach since Joe Flacco likes to pass to the TEs in that offense.

If you don't get an elite Tight End in your draft, make sure that you have an adequate backup. Jared Cook, Jermichael Finley, Martellus Bennett and Jermaine Gresham have the potential to have a breakout game or two.

Here are the overall Tight End rankings
This is based off of the average points per game over the whole season.

2013 NFL Tight End Rankings

Name Team Bye
1 Jimmy Graham NO 7 20.81
2 Jason Witten Dal 11 55.57
3 Tony Gonzalez Atl 6 56.48
4 Rob Gronkowski NE 10 56.24
5 Vernon Davis SF 9 65.71
6 Greg Olsen Car 4 92.38
7 Kyle Rudolph Min 5 94.48
8 Owen Daniels Hou 8 104.05
9 Antonio Gates SD 8 108.71
10 Jared Cook StL 11 112.57
11 Jermichael Finley GB 4 111.81
12 Brandon Myers NYG 9 124.38
13 Martellus Bennett Chi 8 121.38
14 Brandon Pettigrew Det 9 134.71
15 Fred Davis Was 5 155.95
16 Jermaine Gresham Cin 12 177.33
17 Jordan Cameron Cle 10 194.19
18 Dwayne Allen Ind 8 193.67
19 Coby Fleener Ind 8 207.67
20 Ed Dickson Bal 8 227.57
21 Zach Sudfeld NE 10 235.43
22 Tyler Eifert Cin 12 231.71
23 Rob Housler Ari 9 230.95