Under-appreciated and often overlooked, tight ends play one of the most vital positions on the football field.
No other position takes on the quantity of roles a tight end is asked to perform.
They must play a primary role in a team's passing game, play bulldozer on run plays, and take on blitzing linebackers and defensive ends on select passing plays.
The tight ends of the AFC are some of the best in the league, and perhaps some of the best of all time. Although the NFC might boast better depth in quality tight ends, the names Antonio Gates and Dallas Clark might be enough to make it an intriguing debate.
Some are future Hall of Famers, some are yet to blossom, some are past their primes, and some are simply consistent.
Here are the top 10 tight ends of the American Football Conference.