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.