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1. Jimmy Graham
Considering Gronk’s injuries Graham is a sure-thing in Drew Brees’ offense.
The Patriots receivers are in flux with the exception of Danny Amendola. While both Hernandez and Gronkowski have injury concerns, right now Gronk’s injuries are much more serious. Hernandez could turn out to be a 1000 yard receiver this season.
3. Jason Witten
4. Vernon Davis
Not his best season last year, but as Kaepernick gets comfortable he should be able to better utilize the 49er’s weapons. Now with Michael Crabtree injured it should create more opportunities for Davis.
One more year? No, two more? Three? However many years he goes he will produce.
(14). Rob Gronkowski
I ranked Gronkowski in two spots because right now no one really knows what is going on with his health. If he was deemed 100% healthy before the start of the season this is still where I would draft him. Sure he is probably the best tight end, but I wouldn’t risk drafting him ahead of the guys ranked in the top 5 just based on health. I know Aaron Hernandez has his own health risks, but Gronk’s seem to be more threatening at the moment.
6. Kyle Rudolph
One can’t trust Christian Ponder, but Rudolph could be Ponder’s go-to-guy, particularly in the red zone.
7. Greg Olsen
Has a chance to be Cutler’s number two option unless Alshon Jeffery steps up, but still has a clear path to targets.
Should put up close to the numbers Bennett put up last year.
10. Dennis Pitta
11. Owen Daniels
Should be be his consistent normal self in the texans offense.
12. Antonio Gates
A lot hinges on his health, but there are higher upside selections later on in the draft.
Isn’t the most exciting tight end by any means, but the Lions will throw the ball making him a decent option.
14 (6). Rob Gronkowski
Gronk’s injury concerns are really all over the place right now, if healthy he is the top tight end, but at the moment he isn’t.
15. Jared Cook
Big things are expected of Cook this season, and maybe expectations are too high, but Cook as near Vernon Davis athleticism. Cook is now the most proven commodity of the Rams receivers so Bradford should feel comfortable getting him the ball.
Will probably somehow disappoint owners, but the opportunity is there.
17. Dwayne Allen
18. Fred Davis
19. Jermaine Gresham
Tyler Eifert is in town, but Gresham has carved a decent role for himself in this offense the past two years.
20. Jordan Cameron
Ex-basketball player always gets people excited, but other than Josh Gordon, Cameron has potential.
21. Delanie Walker
For the first time will be the number one tight end on a team after leaving Vernon Davis’s shadow.
22. Rob Housler
In the same situation as Cameron, Carson Palmer should be able to get Housler the ball unlike Cardinal quarterbacks of the past few years.
23. Dustin Keller
Could be a safety blanket for Ryan Tannehill
24. Heath Miller
Has always been a favorite of Ben Roethlisberger, but injures are a concern.
25. Marcedes Lewis
26. Jacob Tamme
Less likely shot at targets with Wes Welker in town.
27. Tyler Eifert
Battling Jermaine Gresham for snaps this year unless the Bengals have other plans involving the two tight ends.
28. Luke Stocker
Somewhat of a sleeper, Stocker could be a decent play depending on him beating out Tom Crabtree.
29. Coby Fleener
Maybe he and Andrew Luck will reignite their college year, however Allen makes it unlikely.
30. Brent Celek
Owners should probably steer clear of Eagle’s tight ends unless one gets hurt.
31. Jake Ballard
Rob Gronkowski‘s status is up in the air at the moment, it seems apparent he will play this season, but when is anyone’s guess. Regardless of his status, the Patriots could still plan to utilize two tight ends, and Ballard would be the next man up.
32. Vance McDonald