Quick, name the top five tight ends of the Buffalo Bills since 1990.
Pete Metzelaars undoubtedly tops the list, but from there it's a collective head scratching exercise. Jay Riemersma? Scott Chandler? Lonnie Johnson? Dave Moore? Derek Fine?
While Chandler has been a suitable starter for the past three seasons, it's hard to argue that the Bills could serve to upgrade the position. Now that the tight end is a free agent heading into 2014, Buffalo might actually look at that position as one to add to through the NFL Draft.
While it's not a full out certainty considering they do like Tony Moeaki and want to see what he can do at the position, an argument can be made for an addition to tight end anyway. If young quarterback EJ Manuel is going to flourish, some will argue to surround him with as much playmaking talent as possible.
And for a young quarterback, the tight end is often their best friend. With that written, there are some intriguing names throughout the 2014 class.
Here are my initial rankings of tight ends available in this year's class:
(Keep in mind that these are overall rankings, not who the Bills may be looking for and targeting.)
Eric Ebron - North Carolina
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - Washington
Jace Amaro - Texas Tech
Troy Niklas - Notre Dame
Colt Lyerla - Oregon
C.J. Fiedorowicz - Iowa
Arthur Lynch - Georgia
Rob Blanchflower - UMass
Richard Rodgers - Cal
Marcel Jensen - Fresno State
A.C. Leonard - Tennessee State
Gator Hoskins - Marshall
Jacob Pedersen - Wisconsin
Xavier Grimble - USC
Joe Don Duncan - Dixie State
Trey Burton - Florida
Ted Bolser - Indiana
Crockett Gillmore - Colorado State
Chris Coyle - Arizona State
Jake Murphy - Utah
Jordan Najvar - Baylor
Michael Flacco - New Haven
Nic Jacobs - McNeese State
**Note: Most have Lyerla much lower, but the 2014 Combine will be huge for Lyerla (5) in explaining himself to teams. His potential is outstanding enough, at this point, to take a mid-round chance on him.
An in-depth preview of the top players of the position and how they fit the Bills will be on the way as the draft gets closer.
Hey by restricting to post 1990 you left out Ernie Warlick a member of the Bills AFL champions. How about a 17.2 yards/catch average as a Bill and 20 per in the 1964 championship season.
Joe, how did you miss this guy?? K-Gun baby. I know Metzalaars put up slightly better numbers, but that's only because in the early days,Kelley had so many other weapons in their prime, and he equally spread the ball to Thomas, Reed, Lofton, and Beebe. I was never a fan of Metzalaars, because he was just this big, lunky guy that didn't really have much talent. But he could catch the ball if he happened to get open. There's NO DOUBT that McKeller was by far the most talented TE we've had in recent memory and made the biggest impact in games. His ability to stretch the field, go deep, and open up room for the WRs is second to none. He wasn't a safety valve like Mezalaars - he was a playmaking weapon. Teams had to gameplan and accoutn for him like all the other guys we had. I doubt they did so much with 'ol Metz. Give this guy his due man.
I watched him tear up Miami (FL) in Chapel Hill, and thought, take him. Take him!!
How many touchdowns did Ebron score last year Joe? I'll answer it- he had 3. He also had 8 in three years. Now I get he is ranked number one by everybody, but to draft him at eight is a REACH. In my humble opinion, we need a defensive game changer. That guy is not on our roster. Mario disappears too much.
He was better than those listed
This guy is my favorite for the Bills in second round. he can block, run and catch.
I agree Keith Mckellar was the best.
The reason why was if you threw his way, He was going to catch it and run after the catch. I was really mad when they let him go. I mean we had other TE, But he was the best we every had. And this list that joe put out; to me its like so what they did that in college. The point is can they do it in the pros. These kid as you see need coaches to develop to the pro level. which a lot of them are not going to have. Right now the bills are going to be the best team. thats are going to able to get every thing out of their players. we got to many excellent coaches now. For us not to make the playoffs. And like i said we need a wideout coach. Hmmm i think mr hof coach reed is the market.
another idiot with a hyphenated name?
His mom is obviously a screaming lib so no thanks.
i love jeremy white
He's so sexy
Should be much higher.
He had a great senior bowl/week.
How did he forget keith mckellar
Because he was still walking in around in diapers. Screaming with the rest of them. Miller a bum goo ga ga. So is stevie johnson, All buffalo fans are idiots. I learn that by watching scobby doo.
Really you pass on a guy cause you think his mom was a liberal? Really I know a ton of Repulicans or tea parties or conservatives that have hyphenated names. You sir are a moron.
Re: I love jeremy white
That's what I heard the men say. You know what men.
re; to a lib
you are right if we care about who they vote for, or who his mom vote for. their wouldn't be to many football players in the league. And one more thing; watch your mouth when you addresing somebody mother. Thats how people get punch in the mouth.
Ebron would be a great pick but
We should be more concerned about protecting the QB, so he would be able to get the ball to the WR's and TE's.
Why do we just discard good players when our team is so bad?
Chandler is an excellent pass receiving TE, yet the Bills have seemingly decided we can do better and are just going to let him walk? Give this guy a decent qb and he could put up some crazy numbers. I'm all for improving positions, but when you are as bad as the bills, you just don't let good players walk - but then, I guess that is why the bills are so bad, they let all their good players walk. I'm seeing the same attitude with hughes - we were looking for a good pass rushing lb, and we score one with hughes who has a 10 sack year, and we're not trying to resign him? Seriously? It reminds me of our CB carousel that we've had here for over a decade, it's like we're a farm team for secondaries around the league, while we waste draft pick after draft pick to fill holes created because we refuse to keep players, while being way below the salary cap. This organization, and the media that seems to support them, is an absolute joke at this point.
Re: Ebron great pick
Explain how. Small, 8 career touchdowns, not a good blocker, has struggled with drops. What about that screams 9th overall pick?
Joe: In my opinion a your Wgr's best asset, love the mock drafts.
Joe, Great job. In your opinion what is the most glaring need for the Bills? I believe its the Linebacker Corp. Kiko needs help. Can you list the College Linebackers, and who would fit best with the Bills. (If already posted, let me know what day, thx.)
Joe, again keep up the good work. Now if you could get your own show. I hope management wakes up, your much more "sport" knowledgeable than any other of the numb-nuts that have their own shows, especially in the afternoon when am forced to go to 1270 and Doug Golieb. P.S. and its that Doug is all that good. It's the only Sport show on.
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