2013 NFL Draft tight end rankings

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame tight end Tyer Eiftert entered the 2012 college football season as unquestionably college football's best tight end. A Mackey Award and a national title berth later, Eifert remains at the top. Eifert is the standout of the Irish offense with his playmaking ability and athleticism in the seam. He's a big target at 6-foot-6 and 251 pounds, but has the jump ability to make difficult catches.

Eifert is a certain first-round pick, and Stanford's Zach Ertz may be as well. Ertz wasn't as consistent as Eifert this season, but has impressive raw talent.

Should many of the juniors come out this year, the tight end class has a nice balance of pass catchers and blockers. Florida's Jordan Reed is purely a pass-catching Joker tight end, but Michigan State's Dion Sims and Alabama's Michael Williams are more traditional tight ends.

The depth among senior tight ends is impressive as well. Ryan Otten of San Jose State, Ryan Griffin of Connecticut and Jack Doyle of Western Kentucky should all provide good positional value in the middle rounds of the draft.

1. Tyler Eifert | 6'6, 251 pounds | Tight end | Notre Dame
2. Zach Ertz | 6'6, 249 pounds | Tight end | Stanford *
3. Jordan Reed | 6'3, 243 pounds | Tight end | Florida *
4. Dion Sims | 6'5, 276 pounds | Tight end | Michigan State *
5. Gavin Escobar | 6'6, 255 pounds | Tight end | San Diego State *
6. Michael Williams | 6'6, 270 pounds | Tight end | Alabama
7. Jason Kelce | 6'4, 280 pounds | Tight end | Cincinnati
8. Levine Toilolo | 6'7, 263 pounds | Tight end | Stanford *
9. Joseph Fauria | 6'7, 258 pounds | Tight end | UCLA
10. Ryan Otten | 6'6, 245 pounds | Tight end | San Jose State
11. Ryan Griffin | 6'6, 247 pounds | Tight end | Connecticut
12. Jack Doyle | 6'6, 253 pounds | Tight end | Western Kentucky
13. Jake Stoneburner | 6'5, 245 pounds | Tight end | Ohio State
14. Chris Gragg | 6'3, 236 pounds | Tight end | Arkansas
15. Brandon Ford | 6'4, 235 pounds | Tight end | Clemson
16. Philip Lutzenkirchen | 6'5, 250 pounds | Tight end | Auburn
17. Ben Cotton | 6'6, 255 pounds | Tight end | Nebraska
18. Kyler Reed | 6'3, 230 pounds | Tight end | Nebraska

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