Nov. 17, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Tyler Eifert (80) catches a pass for a touchdown in the first quarter as Wake Forest Demon Deacons cornerback Kevin Johnson (9) defends in the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 38-0. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013 Rankings: Tight Ends


The tight ends at the top of this year’s class are really interesting to me. None are a Gronkowski type dominator, so there’s no first round grades, but that doesn’t mean there are good players to be had.

The top 3 are all good blockers, which is pretty weird for today’s college TEs. All of them are Zach Miller or John Calson type “complete” TEs, which you just normally can’t find anymore.

For the Seahawks, any of the top 7 would be great additions. Some would give the Seahawks a chance to perhaps cut Zach Miller and his $11 cap number (or perhaps do so after the 2013 season) Others would provide the receiver threat that Kellen Winslow was supposed to be.

Unfortunately, the Seahawks have bigger needs. TE simply isn’t big concern as long as Miller is on the roster, especially with McCoy around to be the #3 TE. The Seahawks could use a receiving TE, but the need isn’t pressing enough for them to select one early in the draft.

I expect them to look at Fauria from UCLA or Toilolo from Stanford if either is available in the 6th or 7th rounds.

Rank Player Pos P Rank School Height Weight
*Tyler Eifert TE 1 Notre Dame 6/5 250
*Zach Ertz TE 2 Stanford 6/5 249
Travis Kelce TE 3 Cincinnati 6/5 255
*Gavin Escobar TE 4 San Diego St. 6/6 254
*Dion Sims TE 5 Michigan State 6/5 262
Vance McDonald TE 6 Rice 6/4 267
*Jordan Reed TE 7 Florida 6/2 236
Nick Kasa TE 8 Colorado 6/6 269
Chris Gragg TE 9 Arkansas 6/3 244
Michael Williams TE 10 Alabama 6/6 269
Joseph Fauria TE 11 UCLA 6/7 259
Jake Stoneburner TE 12 Ohio State 6/3 252
Ryan Otten TE 13 San Jose State 6/5 230
Mychal Rivera TE 14 Tennessee 6/3 242
*Levine Toilolo TE 15 Stanford 6/8 260
Zach Sudfeld TE 16 Nevada 6/6 261
Justice Cunningham TE 17 S. Carolina 6/3 258
T.J. Knowles TE 18 Sacramento St. 6/8 254
Jack Doyle TE 19 W. Kentucky 6/5 254

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