Best TE in NFL? Shocking, I Know

The NFL Facts and Rumors Blog at CBS Sports have been ranking the top five players at each position and for the first time, a Falcon makes the list.

From the article:

Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, with today’s focus on tight ends.

Hit the jump to see their rankings and which Falcon made the list. (I know, it will be a shock to all).

Position rankings: tight ends

Josh Katzowitz’s top five

5. Vernon Davis, 49ers

4. Dallas Clark, Colts

3. Jason Witten, Cowboys

2. Antonio Gates, Chargers

1. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons

Gonzalez isn’t only top-five currently; he’s top-five all time. Heck, he might be No. 1 all-time, and even though he’s 34, he’s found new life with the Falcons. He’s been catching and blocking well since 1997.

Andy Benoit’s top five

5. Dallas Clark, Colts

4. Owen Daniels, Texans

3. Vernon Davis, 49ers

2. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons

1. Antonio Gates, Chargers

Tight end is one of the most difficult positions to rank. We’re basically in agreement on Gates and Gonzalez. Gates might be the greatest mismatch exploiter in the NFL. And you’re right about Gonzalez’s blocking.

There’s always going to be arguments who is the best tight end right now today, but no one questions who is the best of all time and the Falcons are fortunate to have such an elite talent at tight end for a young quarterback.

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  • Ed

    “Gonzalez isn’t only top-five currently; he’s top-five all time. Heck, he might be No. 1 all-time, and even though he’s 34, he’s found new life with the Falcons. He’s been catching and blocking well since 1997″.

    Number one of all time, I think John Mackey might have something to say about that.

    • Troy Heinzman

      Ed – does your Baltimore bias know no bounds? lol.

  • Zach Irwin

    Since I’m a fan of both the Chargers and Falcons, I cannot be objective as to who the best tight end is in the NFL. I’m a big fan of both Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez.

    • Troy Heinzman

      We are lucky to be watching football in a time with 2 of the best (three if you throw in Shannon Sharpe) tight ends in pro football history.

  • fila33lee

    Gonzo has proved it year in, and year out. You have to give him credit for the numbers he put up with the chiefs for all those years. Many times he carried that team’s offense by himself, and to still be extremely productive at 34 with eighty some catches and eight-hundred yards. The man’s got skills, and until he retires he’s still #1 in my book. By the way who else on that list has 999 career catches?

    • Troy Heinzman

      Gates is a big-time talent and if he can maintain his production as long as Gonzalez has, then I think we might be revisiting this discussion in 7 years but for the time being, Gonzo is the one and only.

  • Eric

    Mackey was a great tight end. But that discussion is over now. Gonzalez is the greatest tight end of all time. And it’s not even close. You can make the argument of different era, role of tight end has changed, blah, blah, blah. Doesn’t change anything.

    • Troy Heinzman

      Exactly. Gonzalez is the Alpha and the Omega. I have Shannon Sharpe at 2. Then Dave Casper and Antonio Gates. I even go Kellen Winslow Sr before I get to John Mackey.

  • The Legend’s Fantasy Football Advice

    Nice top 5 rankings, but all of these TE’s are going too high in drafts for my taste. I will stock up on WR and RB’s and let these guys go and roll with the 2nd or 3rd tier guys and play matchups.

  • Barry C

    Gonzo has remained remarkably consistent and fine-tuned over his incredible career. To get a flavor though of seeing what playing tight end in the late-60′s to late 70′s entailed – watch some footage of the great Charlie Sanders who played in the old “Black and Blue” division during that time for the Detroit Lions. Seeing Ray Lewis’ anhillation of Jets TE Dustin Keller going over the middle this past weekend brought back memories of the old hit that Dick Butkus laid on Sanders in a game in the late 1960′s.

    Dave Casper most notably of the Raiders and Oilers was the best combination of blocker and receiver to play the position. Even late in his career in 1983 Casper’s blocking made a huge difference according to Vikings running back Ted Brown. Brown gave Casper a lot of the credit when the Viking beat the Chicago Bears in a 1983 game. Brown and Tony Galbreath both scored on long touchdown runs against the vaunted Chicago defense. The defense of such feared players like Singletary, Otis Wilson, Richard Dent, Dan Hampton, Jim Osborne, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, Mike Hartenstine, Al Harris, as well as a fercious rookie named Wibur Marshall. The Vikings rushed for almost 200 yards against this defense in that game. Casper’s superb run blocking was a big reason for this.