Tight end is a position in the NFL that appears to be making somewhat of a comeback. With defenses getting smaller and faster to deal with the predominance of spread offenses in the NFL, an athletic, but BIG tight end can create a mismatch that most NFL defenses aren’t prepared to stop.
Just last year alone, we saw the two Super Bowl teams—the 49ers and the Chiefs—sport two of the best tight ends in the league in George Kittle and Travis Kelce, respectively. Those two both eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in 2019, a feat in which only one other tight end (Raiders’ Darren Waller) accomplished last year.
The Detroit Lions are obviously looking to jump on this trend, as they spent the eighth overall pick on T.J. Hockenson last year. His rookie season provided some brief optimism, but ultimately ended in injury and disappointment. Still, there is plenty of optimism that Hockenson will grow, learn and eventually become a top-tier tight end in this league.
Is it too early to consider him a top-10 tight end right now, though? A true mismatch at the tight end position is rare, and there are really only three or four tight ends that have consistently performed at a level to consider them elite. Does that leave room for Hockenson to slip into the top 10 despite no actual proof yet?
That’s the question we sought to answer on this week’s PODcast, in which we rank the top 10 tight ends in the NFL right now. Take a listen.
After we rank our top 10 tight ends, we answer your questions about the Lions, including:
- How will COVID-19 affect the salary cap and players?
- What should the Lions do for the supplemental draft?
- If there is no season in 2020, how will draft order be determined next year?
- Which Lions player is in a prove-it season?
- Is it possible Matt Patricia could be fired without Bob Quinn coming along?
- What’s your favorite “bad” movie?
- How to support POD if the season is cancelled.
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