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2014 TE Tiers- Preseason

Jimmy Graham.
Jimmy Graham.
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Instead of rankings like the weekly ones I will post here during the season, I wanted to create a tier system for draft purposes. The tier system shows you which guys are comparable to others. The most asked question during draft season is "Which position should I draft first?" There is no answer to that. Drafts are about getting the best players at the best value. So grouping players by tier can keep you from reaching at a certain position, assuming there are more players at that position in the tier you are looking at.

Here are the initial tight end rankings.

ELITE TE1 (Rounds 1-3)

Jimmy Graham- New Orleans

Julius Thomas- Denver

Rob Gronkowski- New England

GOOD TE1 (Rounds 5-7)

Vernon Davis- San Francisco

Jason Witten- Dallas

Jordan Cameron- Cleveland

Greg Olsen- Carolina

SHAKY TE1 (Rounds 8-9)

Dennis Pitta- Baltimore

Kyle Rudolph- Minnesota

Jordan Reed- Washington

Zach Ertz- Philadelphia

Martellus Bennett- Chicago


Antonio Gates- San Diego

Charles Clay- Miami

Tim Wright- New England

Heath Miller- Pittsburgh

Delanie Walker- Tennessee

LaDarius Green- San Diego

Tyler Eifert- Cincinnati

Dwayne Allen- Indianapolis

Colby Fleener- Indianapolis

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