The third installment of our NFC South position rankings will track the tight ends. Tampa Bay stacks up well, but can they overcome a potential Hall of Famer?
More and more recently it seems that NFL teams are putting special emphasis on the tight end position. For quite a while this was a forgotten position meant for the guys to small for offensive line and too slow for receiver. In 2017 we saw three teams, one of which being your Tampa Bay Buccaneers, take tight ends in the first round of the NFL draft, a clear signal that the position is viewed as a valuable chess piece for offensive coordinators.
New York’s Evan Engram, Cleveland’s David Njoku and Tampa’s O.J. Howard are the future of the position, each athletic specimens who could very likely be playing other positions if not for the newfound value in tight ends. While the league as a whole is blossoming with talent at the position, the NFC South is somewhat lagging.
Let’s take a look at what all four of the southern teams have to offer, and then determine a final verdict. Spoiler alert Buccaneer fans: your team fares much better today than in the previous two rankings!