2013 Fantasy Football Preseason Redraft Rankings: Rookie Tight Ends
Updated: Sunday, April 28th
Scoring: These rankings are based on standard scoring (one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown plus one point per ten receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown) and are for the 2013 season only.
Although tight end was not a need, the Bengals added the top prospect at the position to give quarterback Andy Dalton another weapon and allow the team to use two-TE sets. With Jermaine Gresham already on the roster, however, it's possible that Eifert sees fewer snaps and targets than he would see for a team where he would clearly be the No. 1 guy.
Eifert, the winner of the John Mackey award, is the school's all-time leader in receptions (130) for a tight end and had 40 receptions for a team-high 555 yards last year. Eleven of his 40 receptions were for 20-plus yards.
2. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz led the Stanford Cardinal in receiving (69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns) last year and, as expected, he was the second tight end off the board this year. It will be interesting to see how Chip Kelly uses Ertz.
3. Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers lost Delanie Walker via free agency and they traded up in the second round to select McDonald to fill his void.
Despite his size (6-4 and 267 pounds), McDonald was used mostly out of the slot at Rice and he has excellent athleticism (4.69 forty, 9-11 broad jump) and strength (31 reps at 225) for a tight end.
4. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
New Chiefs coach Andy Reid has coached Kelce's brother, Eagles center Jason Kelce, and how he will coach Travis. If it weren't for some off-field issues that led to a full-season suspension at Cincinnati in 2010, Kelce might have been selected earlier.
Kelce finished with 45 receptions for 722 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
5. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Reed was a first team All-SEC selection and led the Gators in receiving with 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns.
Reed needs to improve his blocking (then again, how many tight ends don't these days?), but he has the ability to create mismatches in the receiving game.
6. Gavin Escobar, Dallas Cowboys
Earlier this offseason, ex-NFL general manager Scott Pioli listed Escobar among his top 10 juniors at any position. Escobar is a not a great (or bad) athlete, but he has great size and hands.
With Jason Witten ahead of him on the depth chart and Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and fellow rookie Terrance Williams on the roster as well, Escobar is a much better option in dynasty leagues than he is re-draft leagues for 2013.
7. Chris Gragg, Buffalo Bills
Not much bigger than a (big) wide receiver, Gragg is a converted wide receiver that is just shy of 6-foot-3 and 244 pounds. Running the fastest 40-yard dash among tight ends at the combine, Gragg's athleticism should allow him to capitalize on mismatches down the seam.
8. Levine Toilolo, Atlanta Falcons
With Tony Gonzalez back for (at least) another season, Toilolo won't see a ton of snaps and targets, but his size (6-foot-8, 260 pounds) makes him an excellent red-zone target.
9. Luke Willson, Seattle Seahawks
Like Gragg, Willson is an excellent athlete for the position that has the ability to create mismatches down the field. Injuries slowed him down last season as he finished with only nine receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
10. Dion Sims, Miami Dolphins
A former basketball player at Michigan State as well, Sims has great size (6-5, 285 pounds) to go along with good speed and athleticism to create mismatches.
11. Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions
Fauria is a pass-catching tight end that was signed by the Lions as an undrafted free agent. Last year, Fauria had 46 receptions for 637 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns for UCLA.