Bessire: TE Ranks and Projections

Last Updated: 2/25/2016 7:35 PM ET
Projections for every ranked tight end are below. Players are ranked based on PredictionMachine.com's 2015 projected statistics for what each player would be expected to do as a 16 game starter on a totally average NFL team against a completely average NFL schedule. Read more about how rankings and projections are done (also includes 2012 rankings and projections).

Below, we include an impact score (0 - 10 scale) for each player. This score is a relative value based on the projections that can put players in context across positions and draft classes. A score of seven or above can generally outperform a replacement player in the NFL at his position as a rookie; an eight or above can be expected to start adequately and a player with a rating over nine is a unique, standout player who could star.

As a matter of context, at this time last year, using the same process, the top five tight ends had scores of: Jace Amaro (8.2), Troy Niklas (8.0), Eric Ebron (8.0), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (7.6) and Arthur Lynch (6.9). In other words, last year's class was not very good, but at least it was better than this year's class. There is not one tight end with a starting grade this year.

TE 2015 Projected NFL Rookie Stats

Rank Player Recs. Rec. Yds YPR Score
1 Clive Walford 37.5 488.9 13.1 7.6
2 Maxx Williams 33.3 459.9 13.8 7.3
3 AJ Derby 26.4 329.1 12.5 6.9
4 Ben Koyack 24.9 258.9 10.4 6.9
5 Nick O'Leary 35.2 424.0 12.0 6.9
6 MyCole Pruitt 46.2 418.0 9.0 6.8
7 Rory Anderson 25.7 319.6 12.4 6.7
8 Jesse James 31.9 339.0 10.6 6.7
9 Jean Sifrin 36.6 419.3 11.4 6.7
10 EJ Bibbs 45.5 405.5 8.9 6.5
11 Sam Arneson 24.0 275.4 11.5 6.5
12 Jeff Heuerman 18.9 231.2 12.2 6.2
13 Nick Boyle 26.6 208.6 7.8 6.1
14 Cameron Clear 12.5 103.5 8.3 6.0
15 Brian Vogler 12.4 84.2 6.8 5.8
16 C.J. Uzomah 16.2 205.0 12.7 5.6
17 Khari Lee 49.3 459.8 9.3 5.6
18 Westlee Tonga 26.0 298.4 11.5 5.5
19 David Mahina 19.9 205.6 10.4 5.4
20 Tyler Kroft 24.4 261.7 10.7 5.4
21 Eric Tomlinson 20.5 146.7 7.2 5.3
22 Casey Pierce 42.9 374.0 8.7 5.1
23 Blake Bell 20.2 238.4 11.8 5.1
24 Gerald Christian 28.3 321.9 11.4 5.1
25 Randy Telfer 21.9 202.4 9.2 4.6
26 Mike McFarland 24.9 257.4 10.4 4.5
27 Gabe Holmes 20.5 188.8 9.2 4.0
28 Wes Saxton 24.9 225.4 9.0 3.6
29 Kivon Cartwright 18.3 263.4 14.4 3.6