ESPN's back with yet another round of rankings -- this time at tight end. In their ongoing series titled "Ranking the NFL's top 10 ____ for 2021: Execs, coaches, players make their picks," reporters from the world wide leader crowdsourced plenty of league sources to try and get a definitive ranking. And though Travis Kelce still ranks among the elite tight ends in football, it was San Francisco's George Kittle who took the top spot - with Kelce coming in at 2. Here's what they had to say:
Kelce just put together one of the finest seasons the NFL has seen from a tight end. Not only did Kelce set a Chiefs single-season record with 105 receptions, but 79 of them went for a first down.
He dropped one pass on 146 targets, and 597 of his 1,416 total yards came after the catch. His 23 catches of at least 20 yards led the NFL.
"Super savvy, instinctive, big -- he's the perfect storm," an AFC scout said.
An NFC exec added: "I'd still take him over Kittle because there's nobody better at getting open and making tough catches look easy."