Editor's note: This is the third installment in Bleacher Report's CFB 250 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through December, with National College Football Lead Writer Michael Felder ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the CFB 250 page for more rankings.
Tight ends are often called the quarterback’s best friend. However, in today’s game, they are more like the beasts who cannot be covered than a mere safety valve for a QB under pressure.
Which tight end was this year’s best?
When we looked at the position, thanks to the variance in college offenses, we had to also take into account the H-back and the flex player, the guys who line up off the line, work in motion and live, at times, outside the traditional in-line tight end role.
To determine this ranking, we used hands, blocking, route running and speed to arrive at the overall scores. Good players at the position excel in the first three categories and have the speed to be a weapon in the passing game. As an emerging position of importance, tight ends embody the versatility within football.
If there were any ties, the edge went to the player we would rather have.
Keep in mind, these tight ends are being rated on their performance in college, not NFL potential. But to see where they may go in the NFL draft (whether they are eligible in 2014 or later), check out Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller's projections at the end of each slide.