Gronkowski's injury worries will take him out of the first round this year, but he's still the no-doubt best tight end in the league, and that's not a hot take.
2.Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs. Bye: 5.
Kelce became much more consistent last season and should be able to keep that play up this year.
3.Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins. Bye: 9.
We'll need to keep an eye on Washington's receivers this offseason, because DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon could both be gone, which would boost Reed up even more, but he's already a top option and is probably the closest to Gronkowski in upside.
4.Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals. Bye: 9.
Eifert couldn't get healthy last year, but was a force when he was healthy, with five touchdowns in six full games. His upside is up there with Kelce and Reed.
5.Martellus Bennett, TE, Packers. Bye: 4.
Bennett will have plenty of competition for targets, but will likely be a strong red-zone target with a great quarterback throwing it to him. I'd be happy with him as my starter in most leagues.
6.Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers. Bye: 7.
The tight end position was horrid for fantasy last season, but Olsen ended up as the second-best fantasy tight end of the season despite a bad year for the Panthers all around. I do expect a better offense for the Panthers next season, which won't be that tough, and Olsen should remain a steady player in a shaky position.
7.Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks. Bye: 5.
Graham surprised me with how well he played last season, and even though he won't be the fantasy player he was in New Orleans, he should remain a solid option moving forward.
8.Eric Ebron, TE, Lions. Bye: 10.
Ebron shows plenty of ability, but remains inconsistent. I think he's good enough to become a bigger part of Detroit's offense this year and should be a useful fantasy player.
9.Delanie Walker, TE, Titans. Bye: 13.
Walker has a ton of talent, but age and injuries continue to hamper his upside.
10.Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings. Bye: 6.
Rudolph has upside as a touchdown maker, and last season added a bit to that. He's not going to Gronk your socks off, but is a strong starter.
11.Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers. Bye: 11.
I love Henry's game, and even though Antonio Gates will return this year, I think Henry will be the No. 1 tight end and has great upside, especially if Gates continues to slow down.
12.Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles. Bye: 4.
Ertz had a strong run of games to end last season - much like the previous year -, which will get people on board again for 2017. I'm not as sold, but if he continues to see the targets he was over the last half of the season, he'll be a good fantasy tight end with upside for a better overall season.
13.Jack Doyle, TE, Colts. Bye: 10.
Doyle isn't a freak athlete, but does have sure hands. He will likely be a touchdown-dependent commodity in fantasy, but he could easily grab you around eight touchdowns this year.
14.Coby Fleener, TE, Saints. Bye: 5.
The loss of Brandin Cooks will help Fleener see a few more targets. He's not a great player, but still has decent upside in this offense.
15.Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers. Bye: 11.
Gates looked done to me last season, but he can still catch a touchdown pass when the ball is forced to him. I'm hoping he takes a back seat to Hunter Henry this year, but even if he doesn't, he's just not good enough anymore.
@TER not sure if the Vikes would look past his face punch video after the AP suspension .... PR issues weigh big into teams draft choices...I also agree with Mr. Bitter that he has came off as arrogant and no remorse...even with them settling out of court recently.... He could have killed that girl no matter how anyone spins it...she wasn't a threat and he would do it again IMHO
I am doing a draft as a Vikings fan so no real horse in the first round. I will pick who I think fits the team and who they need. I avoided trades in this mock but there will defiantely be 2 or 3 at least as teams see guys falling. I drafted in a manner where I thought the Browns were not dumb and I also started about 2 and a half weeks before the draft and did not go back if rankings changed or new info came ie the whole 49ers having no idea who they are drafting. I can nto wait for the draft and hopefully the Browns do not screw it up once again for Hue Jackson's sake as look I have Trubisky slipping to 33 as one of the top QBs possibly could