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NFL Draft Report

By Joe Buscaglia

2014 Tight End Rankings

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.)
  1. Eric Ebron - North Carolina
  2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins - Washington
  3. Jace Amaro - Texas Tech
  4. Troy Niklas - Notre Dame
  5. Colt Lyerla - Oregon
  6. C.J. Fiedorowicz - Iowa
  7. Arthur Lynch - Georgia
  8. Rob Blanchflower - UMass
  9. Richard Rodgers - Cal
  10. Marcel Jensen - Fresno State
  11. A.C. Leonard - Tennessee State
  12. Gator Hoskins - Marshall
  13. Jacob Pedersen - Wisconsin
  14. Xavier Grimble - USC
  15. Joe Don Duncan - Dixie State
  16. Trey Burton - Florida
  17. Ted Bolser - Indiana
  18. Crockett Gillmore - Colorado State
  19. Chris Coyle - Arizona State
  20. Jake Murphy - Utah
  21. Jordan Najvar - Baylor
  22. Michael Flacco - New Haven
  23. 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.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia & @JoeBDraft

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