Top 10 TEs heading into the 2019 season

Ranking the top 10 TEs heading into the 2019 season.

I going through position by position and ranking the Top 10 of each heading into the 2019 season. Below are the position groups I've already graded.
Top 10 QBs
Top 10 RBs
Top 10 WRs

Top 10 TEs:

1. Travis Kelce - 2018 stats: 150 targets, 103 catches, 1,336 yards, 10 touchdowns

Kelce's extremely rare mix of size, explosiveness and skill have made him a crucial part of Andy Reid's powerhouse offense in Kansas City. He ranked second on the team only behind wide receiver Tyreek Hill in total receiving yards and touchdowns this year. Kelce had been on the cusp of greatness the past four seasons

2. Zach Ertz - 2018 stats: 156 targets, 116 catches, 1,163 yards, eight touchdowns

Ertz made the transition from being one of the better tight ends in the league to being one of the elites at his position. His eight touchdowns lead the offense. He's clearly the favorite target of Carson Wentz.

3. George Kittle - 2018 stats: 136 targets, 88 catches, 1,337 yards, five touchdowns

Kittle lead all tight ends in yardage in only his second season. Kittle's athleticism and soft hands have very quickly made him the face of the offense that is supposed to be led by Jimmy Garoppolo. Kittle is also a fantastic blocker, and with Gronk retiring, he might just be the best blocking TE in the league now.

4. O.J. Howard - 2018 stats: 48 targets, 34 catches, 565 yards, five touchdowns

Howard, despite poor QB play at times, still managed to catch over 70 percent of his passes this past season and averaged a very healthy 16.6 yards per reception for the second straight year. With Bruce Arians now calling the plays in Tampa, Howard could be in for a true breakout year. Howard is one of the best blocking TEs like Kittle. 

5. Eric Ebron - 2018 stats: 110 targets, 66 catches, 750 yards, 13 touchdowns

Sometimes players just need a change of scenery before they can really fulfill their promise. The former first-round draft pick for Detroit exploded for the Colts in 2018, scoring 13 touchdowns - two more than his previous four seasons with the Lions combined. Ebron became a legitimate player to watch by the mid-point of the season.

6. Jared Cook - 2018 stats: 101 targets, 68 catches, 896 yards, six touchdowns

Cook, at age 31, just posted the best season of his career. He has played well enough to earn himself another significant pay day in free agency. 

7. Evan Engram - 2018 stats: 64 targets, 45 catches, 577 yards, 3 touchdowns

Engram's role is going to increase with the loss of Odell Beckham. He could be a fantasy stud this coming year. He's extremely athletic and a good receiver.

8. David Njoku - 2018 stats: 88 targets, 56 catches, 639 yards, 4 touchdowns

Unlike Engram, Njoku will now need to share targets with Odell. Expect his targets to decrease slightly, but Njoku hasn't even gotten close to his potential yet. He's a special athlete but needs to not have the concentration drops. 

9. Hunter Henry - 2017 stats: 62 targets, 45 catches, 579 yards, 4 touchdowns

Henry missed all of 2018 with a tore ACL. His first two years he was becoming a good receiving TE for Phillip Rivers. 

10. T.J. Hockenson - Rookie

Hockenson was a 1st round draft pick this season and in the mold of George Kittle.  A good athlete that can really block well. T.J. will get every chance to succeed when spending that high of capital on him. 

Just missed the cut: Kyle Rudolph, Vance McDonald,  Austin Hooper, Trey Burton, Noah Fant

What do you think of my Top 10 TEs? Am I missing anyone you would've included? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and make sure to follow me on Twitter @TylerJaggi

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Is it too early to put rookie T.J. Hockenson in the top 10?