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2017 Pre-Draft Rookie Tight End Rankings

The NFL combine and pro days are in the books. We’ve compiled scout-based rookie rankings. And we’ve created or updated predictive models for QB success, RB success, WR success, and TE success. Now it’s time for the RotoViz analysts to compile our pre-draft rookie tight end rankings.

Pre-Draft Rookie Tight End Rankings

These ranks were compiled over the past week by our group of analysts. After rankings were submitted, those ranks were scored using the same methodology as the RotoViz Scouting Index.

O.J. HowardTE1
David NjokuTE2
Evan EngramTE3
Bucky HodgesTE4
Jonnu SmithTE5
Gerald EverettTE6
Adam ShaheenTE7
Jake ButtTE8
Jordan LeggettTE9
George KittleTE10
Jeremy SprinkleTE11
Darrell DanielsTE12
Pharaoh BrownTE13
Michael RobertsTE14
Eric SaubertTE15
Blake JarwinTE16
Cole HikutiniTE17

TE Tiers

Here’s how the top rookie TEs fared on the basis of their positional score.


O.J. Howard and David Njoku are neck-and-neck at the top. Evan Engram and Bucky Hodges form the next tier, while Jonnu Smith, Gerald Everett, and Adam Shaheen form the third tier.

RSI vs. RotoViz

This table compares each TEs rank in the RotoViz Scouting Index to our internal Rookie Rankings. You can sort by the “Difference” column to see which players we like more or less than the scouting community.

O.J. Howard110
David Njoku220
Evan Engram330
Bucky Hodges440
Jonnu Smith1156
Gerald Everett761
Adam Shaheen871
Jake Butt58-3
Jordan Leggett69-3
George Kittle13103
Jeremy Sprinkle911-2
Darrell Daniels16124
Pharaoh Brown17134
Michael Roberts1014-4
Eric Saubert1215-3
Blake Jarwin1516-1
Cole Hikutini1417-3

We’ll have more analysis in the days to come. For now, click the “2017 NFL  Draft” tag below this article to see all our pre-draft work to date.

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