The tight end position has changed considerably over the last ten years. The tight end up was primarily used as an extra lineman and rarely used to run patterns and catch the football. To be a great tight end today, you must be good at both.
This evaluation is not simply placed to fantasy numbers. These rankings also take into account whether the player is a good blocker.
That being said, here are the top 10 tight ends in the NFL heading into the 2012 regular season.