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2022-23 NFL Tight End Tiers

NFL Tight ends are very essential to a team’s offense. They end up flying under the radar a lot of the time, but they’re very impactful. Some tight ends have different roles, for example, some may be a blocking tight end, and others just receiving tight end. And some… are elite at both.

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Tier 1: The Best

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 19: Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts late in the game against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
  • Travis Kelce, Chiefs

I think Travis Kelce is the undisputed best tight end in all of football and arguably a top 3-4 tight end of all time already. He’s got the most receiving yards per game in NFL history from the tight end position and also the most 1,000-yard receiving seasons for a tight end. He’s a capable blocker and an absolute matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.

Tier 2: All-Pro Level

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: Tight end Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders walks off the field after warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Allegiant Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bengals defeated the Raiders 32-13. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
  • Mark Andrews, Ravens
  • George Kittle, 49ers
  • Darren Waller, Raiders
  • Kyle Pitts, Falcons

These are elite tight ends that are more than capable of being the focal point of their team’s offense and have been on numerous occasions. Mark Andrews is arguably the whole receiving core for the Ravens and has never disappointed. He’s been consistently the security blanket for Lamar Jackson and an easy out whenever. Kyle Pitts is a wide receiver in a tight-end’s body that is impossible to guard against. George Kittle is probably the most complete tight end in the league with his blocking and receiving ability.

Tier 3: Pro-Bowl Caliber

  • Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  • Dalton Schultz, Cowboys
  • Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  • TJ Hockenson, Lions

All these tight ends could easily be Pro-Bowlers, but it really comes down to them getting the ball within their offense. Gesicki and Hockenson don’t have the best quarterbacks to throw them the ball as they deserve to have it. Goedert and Schultz could end up being Pro-Bowlers this season easily, watch out for them to have big seasons. I expect Schultz to be featured more with Amari Cooper gone on the Cowboys.

Tier 4: Above-Average Starters

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 08: Pat Freiermuth #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after catching a pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Heinz Field on November 8, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
  • Pat Freiermuth, Steelers
  • Noah Fant, Seahawks
  • Hunter Henry, Chargers
  • Dawson Knox, Bills
  • Hayden Hurst, Bengals
  • Tyler Higbee, Rams
  • Zach Ertz, Cardinals

A lot of these players on this list are still very young like Noah Fant and Freiermuth and can definitely move up to being a Pro-Bowl caliber tight end with a great season. Ertz would easily be a Pro-Bowl or even All-Pro caliber tight end if he could stay healthy for the whole season. I’d watch out for Hurst to have a big season this year with Joe Burrow as his quarterback. Reports are he’s been having a great training camp.

Tier 5: Capable Starters

CLEVELAND, OHIO – NOVEMBER 21: Tight end David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns pauses after a play during the first half against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Lions 13-10. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
  • CJ Uzomah, Jets
  • David Njoku, Browns
  • Tyler Conklin, Jets
  • Logan Thomas, Commanders
  • Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos
  • Gerald Everett, Chargers
  • Cole Kmet, Bears

Tight ends that are capable of making plays, but have been kind of just average their whole careers. CJ Uzomah will be Zach Wilson’s new weapon to play with from the tight-end position, but he’s been kind of just average his whole career. David Njoku has had all the athletic traits to be a star tight end, but has always had health issues and inconsistency.

Tier 6: Meh…

  • Jonnu Smith, Patriots
  • Cameron Brate, Buccaneers
  • Irv Smith Jr., Vikings
  • Robert Tonyan, Packers
  • Austin Hooper, Titans

All these tight ends are capable of being replaced but are alright enough where they can still make a play here and there to keep their job. The player that I think could make the biggest jump from this list would have to be Irv Smith Jr. with his athletic profile. If he’s healthy all year, I think he could end up becoming an above-average starter easily by the end of the year.

Tier 7: Just Bad

  • Evan Engram, Jaguars

He’s just really that bad. Doesn’t block nor catch the ball. Although, if he does catch the ball, he can be a weapon sometimes. Keyword though… if.

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