2013 was a phenomenal season for tight ends from all over the nation.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, from Washington, won the John Mackey Award, and many folks would not even consider him the best tight end. Eric Ebron of UNC and Jace Amaro from Texas Tech are expected to be first-round picks, and they were just the tip of the iceberg.
Wisconsin's Jacob Pedersen and Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz carried the flag for traditional tight ends who blocked like animals and then escaped into the void to help out quarterbacks. Gator Hoskins was far from traditional as he moved around the field and made plays at Marshall.
This coming season will bring more of the same, as the tight end position evolves to be as much about creating mismatches as it is about getting an extra blocker to the point of attack in the run game. While the players above are headed to the NFL, other tight ends players, thanks to talent, system and expected production, should step into their shoes at the top of the sport.