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Former Arkansas tight end Chris Gragg is in a unique spot for the Bills this season. Starting tight end Scott Chandler is still attempting a comeback from an ACL tear that happened in Week 16 against the Miami Dolphins.
Following Chandler on the depth chart are Lee Smith, Mike Caussin and Dorin Dickerson—which made the lack of drafting a tight end in the middle of the draft a puzzling choice. However, the Bills coaching staff got their guy with their final pick of the draft in Gragg.
If Chandler is not ready to start the season, then it could be Gragg who could see the most time at tight end for the new-look Bills offense. Despite his seventh-round tag, Gragg is the most versatile player of the four players remaining on the depth chart.
Dickerson is purely a pass-catching tight end, while Smith and Caussin provide good value as in-line blockers.
Gragg has reliable hands and put up the best numbers in the 40-yard dash at the combine at his position with a 4.50 showing.
While straight-line speed is not the most important thing for a tight end, the evolution of the position rewards players who have solid height-speed combinations. Gragg combines his speed with a 6'3" frame and has the potential to add more muscle as the offseason progresses.
He is also a serviceable blocker, which should move him up the depth chart once training camp gets underway.