The NFL’s best tight ends, No. 1: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

There is no debate here. Like Tiger Woods in his prime, there’s simply Gronk and the field. His 6' 6", 265-pound frame inherently gives him a distinct advantage, but he is nimble enough to create space, not that he needs much. He has also improved as a blocker, illustrated by Bill Belichick last year comparing his blocking skills to that of Giants great Mark Bavaro. The only issue with Gronk is that his physicality makes him injury-prone, but hey, that’s a pretty acceptable tradeoff when you get to trot out one of the most dangerous, game-changing weapons of the modern era.

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