Who is the best tight end in the NFL today?
It's a challenging question, and the latest we're trying to answer with the B/R NFL 1,000 rankings, as we go through the league one position at a time to assess where the players stand right now.
Comparing tight ends is tough because few NFL offenses are similar in how they use their tight ends. We’ve come up with four key criteria for every tight end, regardless of scheme, and we did our best to scout, re-scout, score and rank them all. This is a subjective ranking based on film study, not career production or potential.
Tight ends receive an overall score out of 100 possible points. Those 100 points are the sum of the four categories (weighted according to importance for today's NFL): Hands (35), Blocking (20), Route Running (25) and Speed (20).
In the case of ties, I have asked myself, "Which player would I rather have on my team?" and set the rankings accordingly. Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
I, along with a team of experienced evaluators, have scouted each player with those key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study from our team.