Despite releasing the top backup on the roster, the Minnesota Vikings have a good of tight ends that complement each other well.
Kyle Rudolph is the starter and most complete tight end on the roster. He has outstanding size and hands while improving as a blocker. Rhett Ellison is the blocker amongst the group with good hands and receiving skills. Chase Ford is a better receiver than blocker. Allen Reisner was recently re-signed. He is a blocker with minimal receiving skills.
The Vikings will likely keep three or four tight ends on the roster, depending on special teams positions. It is unlikely the Vikings will select a tight end early in the draft. An undrafted or late round prospect could unseat the third and fourth guys on the roster. Here are the top five tight ends in the 2014 draft as well as an underrated an overrated and a sleeper prospect.