2012 NFL Draft tight end rankings: Jake Stoneburner rising

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 3: Brian Wagner #34 of the Akron Zips is unable to stop Jake Stoneburner #11 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as he dives into the end zone to score during the second quarter on September 3, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

It's still early in the college football season, but now is as good of a time as any to update individual position rankings for the 2012 NFL Draft.

Despite the terrible play by his quarterbacks, Ohio State's Jake Stoneburner has shown this season that he's the best draft eligible tight end in the nation. While none of this year's class appear to be first rounders right now, Stoneburner has shown the ability to get open, come off the line fluidly and hold up as a blocker. The rest of the tight end class features several players who are little more than glorified wide receivers.

Note: The position rankings aren't currently in line with the site's top 200. After each position ranking is released, a new top 200 will be published.

1. Jake Stoneburner | 6'5, 245 pounds | TE | Ohio State *
2. Coby Fleener | 6'6, 245 pounds | TE | Stanford - Prospect notes
3. Michael Egnew | 6'6, 235 pounds | TE | Missouri - Prospect notes
4. D'wayne Allen | 6'4, 255 pounds | TE | Clemson *
5. Ladarius Green | 6'6, 230 pounds | TE | Louisiana-Lafayette - Prospect notes
6. Orson Charles | 6'3, 240 pounds | TE | Georgia * - Prospect notes
7. George Bryan | 6'5, 265 pounds | TE | North Carolina State
8. Rhett Ellison | 6'5, 255 pounds | TE | Southern California
9. David Paulson | 6'4, 242 pounds | TE | Oregon - Prospect notes
10. DeAngleo Peterson | 6'3, 236 pounds | TE | LSU
11. Blake Ayles | 6'5, 245 pounds | TE | Southern California
12. D.C. Jefferson | 6'6, 258 pounds | TE | Rutgers *
13. Brian Linthicum | 6'5, 245 pounds | TE | Michigan State
14. Brad Herman | 6'4, 255 pounds | TE | Iowa
15. Josh Chichester | 6'7, 240 pounds | TE | Louisville

 

* denotes underclassman

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