2017 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Tight End

By: Zach Metkler, GZ Sports Report Writer

After breaking down wide receivers, we will now take a look at this year’s tight end class, which is imperative for the passing league that is the NFL. With the evolution of the tight end position, having a top-tier player can truly elevate a team’s offense. Below is my initial big board for the 2017 wide receiver class.

  1. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
  2. David Njoku, TE, Miami
  3. Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
  4. Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
  5. Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
  6. Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
  7. Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
  8. Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
  9. Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
  10. Eric Saubert, TE, Drake
  11. Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
  12. Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
  13. Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International
  14. Blake Jarwin, TE, Oklahoma State
  15. Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon

Class Position Strength: Above Average/High Upside

Class Superlatives:

Biggest Riser: Adam Shaheen, Ashland
Biggest Faller: Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas
Most NFL-Ready: O.J. Howard, Alabama
Best All-Around Tight End: O.J. Howard, Alabama
Best Slot Tight End: Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech
Best Hands: Even Engram, Ole Miss
Best Route-Runner: Evan Engram, Ole Miss
Best Blocker: Michael Roberts, Toledo
Best Power:
Jake Butt, Michigan
Intangibles: 
O.J. Howard, Alabama
Highest Ceiling: David Njoku, Miami
Could Disappoint: Evan Engram, Ole Miss
Could Surprise: Cole Hikutini, Louisville
Biggest Question Mark: Jake Butt, Michigan
Biggest Risk: Adam Shaheen, Ashland
Biggest Sleeper: Jordan Leggett, Clemson

Previous Rankings:
Quarterback
Running Back
Wide Receiver

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