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Using the 2006-2011 Drafts to Value the TE Position

Hey everyone, with many people mocking the Jets tight ends like Ebron, Amaro, Seferian-Jenkins and so on, I wondered what round was best value for a tight end. I looked at rounds 1 to 4 from the draft class of 2006 to 2011. I excluded the 2012 and 2013 draft class because they are still in the early development phase. I decided to separate players by focusing on their career best season (in terms of receiving yards). Below are the results:

0-399 Yard Season

400-699 Yard Season

700-899 Yard Season

900+ Yard Season

Round 1

Jermaine Gresham

Brandon Pettigrew

Dustin Keller

Greg Olsen

Marcedes Lewis

= 83%

Vernon Davis

= 17%

Round 2

Richard Quinn

Joe Klopfenstein

= 18%

Kyle Rudolph

Lance Kendricks

John Carlson

Anthony Fasano

Tony Scheffler

= 46%

Fred Davis

Martellus Bennett

Zach Miller

= 27%

Rob Gronkowski

= 9%

Round 3

Chase Coffman

Travis Beckum

Brad Cottam

Craig Stevens

Matt Spaeth

Leonard Pope

David Thomas

Dominique Byrd

= 57%

Rob Housler

Ed Dickson

Tony Moeaki

= 21%

Jared Cook

Jermichael Finley

= 14%

Jimmy Graham

= 7%

Round 4

Luke Stocker

Clay Harbor

Shawn Nelson

Anthony Hill

Martin Rucker

Derek Fine

Martrez Milner

Garrett Mills

= 50%

Dennis Pitta

Garrett Graham

Jacob Tamme

Scott Chandler

= 25%

Julius Thomas

Owen Daniels

= 12.5%

Jordan Cameron

Aaron Hernandez

= 12.5%

Obviously there is more to the tight end position than getting receiving yards but in general, I thought this chart did a good job at separating the great tight ends from the bad ones. This leaves me with one question: Is Eric Ebron or Jace Amaro a good first round pick for the Jets assuming they fall under the 700-899 yard category like many of the recent first round tight ends?

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