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2014 NFL Draft tight end rankings

The best tight ends in the draft this year can create mismatches, a necessity in today's NFL.

Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

In today's NFL, creating mismatches with a tight end is a must for a lot of teams. That is what separates the top two tight ends in the 2014 NFL Draft from the rest of the bunch.

Eric Ebron of North Carolina is the greatest representation of a mismatch in the class this year. While he's built like a tight end, Ebron moves around like a fleet-footed wide receiver. He can make incredible catches away from his frame and has enough speed to get separation up the seam.

Jace Amaro of Texas Tech can do a lot of those same things, but he isn't quite as fast or athletic as Ebron. He has the advantage as a pass catcher, though.

The clear next tier of tight ends is Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Troy Niklas. Seferian-Jenkins was the top tight end heading into the season and is a good athlete. Niklas isn't as far along in his development, but his potential is high.

While those are the top mismatch tight ends in the draft this year, there are several traditional tight ends. They are the kind of tight ends who aren't overly athletic but capable as blockers.

1. Eric Ebron | 6'4 3/8, 250 pounds | Tight end | North Carolina *
2. Jace Amaro | 6'5 3/8, 265 pounds | Tight end | Texas Tech *
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins | 6'5, 262 pounds | Tight end | Washington *
4. Troy Niklas | 6'6 1/2, 270 pounds | Tight end | Notre Dame *
5. C.J. Fiedorowicz | 6'6, 270 pounds | Tight end | Iowa
6. Arthur Lynch | 6'4 5/8, 258 pounds | Tight end | Georgia
7. Xavier Grimble | 6'4, 257 pounds | Tight end | Southern California *
8. Richard Rodgers | 6'4, 257 pounds | Tight end | California *
9. Marcel Jensen | 6'6, 270 pounds | Tight end | Fresno State
10. Crockett Gilmore | 6'5 7/8, 260 pounds | Tight end | Colorado State
11. Colt Lyerla | 6'3 7/8, 242 pounds | Tight end | -- *
12. Ted Bolser | 6'6, 254 pounds | Tight end | Indiana
13. Joe Don Duncan | 6'3, 268 pounds | Tight end | Dixie State
14. Jacob Pedersen | 6'3 1/2, 238 pounds | Tight end | Wisconsin
15. Alex Bayer | 6'4, 253 pounds | Tight end | Bowling Green
16. Rob Blanchflower | 6'4, 256 pounds | Tight end | Massaschusetts
17. Chris Coyle | 6'3, 222 pounds | Tight end | Arizona State
18. Asa Watson | 6'4, 235 pounds | Tight end | North Carolina State
19. Trey Burton | 6'2 1/8, 224 pounds | Tight end / H-back | Florida