A standard strategy for drafting tight ends is to wait until the middle rounds. If you adhere to that strategy, below is an overview of who you can expect to draft and when.
Rounds 5 and 6
If you're willing to spend a fifth or sixth round pick on a solid TE1, Jason Witten, Vernon Davis, and Tony Gonzalez are all going in that range:
Davis has been rising recently due to reports out of training camp that he has been lining up at wide receiver to help fill the void left by Michael Crabtree's injury.
Rounds 7 to 9
Going further into the draft, Kyle Rudolph, Antonio Gates, Jermichael Finley, and Greg Olsen have average draft positions between rounds seven and nine. However, note that they have all risen several draft spots in the last few days after Dennis Pitta's season-ending injury.
It seems that the endless pool of TEs now seems a little bit shallower now that Pitta is gone.
There are a wide variety of TEs available in any round. The mid-to-late-round TEs can still provide a solid value. Just don't get caught waiting too long.
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