Tight Ends

July 25, 2005
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Tight Ends

Because there are so few high-scoring tight ends, picking Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez in the third or fourth round gives you a big advantage over someone who selects a wide receiver with basically the same statistics. Sleepers abound here (see Gates and Jason Witten last season), so seriously consider drafting a backup. That way, if he pans out, you can trade one of your tight ends for help at another position.

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1.Antonio Gates, Chargers64.313
2.Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs78.67
3.Alge Crumpler, Falcons55.36
4.Jason Witten, Cowboys Team-high 87 catches; one yard short of most receiving yards61.26
5.Dallas Clark, Colts28.25
6.Ben Watson, Patriots16.00
7.Chris Cooley, Redskins19.66
8.Bubba Franks, Packers22.67
9.Jermaine Wiggins, Vikings Among the best short-yardage receivers; has size, power to shed would-be tacklers50.44
10.Jeremy Shockey, Giants44.46
11.L.J. Smith, Eagles23.65
12.Randy McMichael, Dolphins49.44
13.Ben Troupe, Titans23.51
14.Todd Heap, Ravens50.53
15.Jeb Putzier, Broncos35.82
16.Steve Heiden, Browns Beneficiary of Kellen Winslow's injuries; had career high in TDs last season22.15
17.Daniel Graham, Patriots26.07
18.Heath Miller, Steelers*45.15
19.Matt Schobel, Bengals12.64
20.Jim Kleinsasser, Vikings24.00
21.Erron Kinney, Titans21.43
22.Doug Jolley, Jets19.62
23.Eric Johnson, 49ers Receiving duties diminish in Niners' new run-oriented offense51.62
24.Jerramy Stevens, Seahawks21.83
25.Marcus Pollard, Lions23.86
26.Mark Campbell, Bills16.95
27.Teyo Johnson, Raiders16.42
28.Brandon Manumaleuna, Rams Rarely registers on Marc Bulger's radar in high-powered Rams offense10.91
29.Anthony Becht, Bucs6.21
30.Shad Meier, Saints9.12
31.Alex Smith, Bucs*64.23
32.Billy Miller, Texans11.11
*Rookie (college stats)


Alge Crumpler

As quarterback Michael Vick continues to work through his growing pains in the Falcons' West Coast offense, he is fortunate to have this 6'2", 262-pound beast of a tight end as a security blanket. Coming off a career-best season in which he caught 48 passes for 774 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games, the physical yet agile Crumpler looms as an even more enticing target in 2005. He has sure hands, runs crisp routes and has good speed for someone his size. Says Atlanta free safety Keion Carpenter, who missed the 2004 season with a torn ACL in his right knee, "I'm gunning for the Pro Bowl, and Alge's the guy who's going to get me there, because facing him every day in practice is going to be a whole lot harder than anything else I have to deal with on game day. The guy is so good, it's just not fair."