Ricky Seals-Jones (Arizona)
One of the nation’s most sought after recruits at wideout, Seals-Jones never lived up to his massive potential during his time at Texas A&M. He wound up catching on with Arizona during the 2017 season, moved to tight end and proved himself to be the big-time playmaker he was touted as while a prepstar. Despite playing just under 12 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, the 6-foot-5 pass catcher totaled 12 catches for 201 yards and a couple of scores. In his second season, Seals-Jones is slated to be a prime-target in the red zone and is a great option as a backup tight end who could emerge into a TE1.
Trey Burton (Chicago)
With Zach Ertz battling injuries in 2017, the Eagles called upon Burton. He answered by totaling a career-best five touchdowns and helping the team to its first Super Bowl. For his efforts, Burton saw his bank account get the 21 Savage treatment during the 2018 offseason, when he signed a 4-year, $32,000,000 deal with Da Bears. In Chicago, he benefits from playing in a tight-end friendly offense and will instantly serve as a safety valve for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Don’t be surprised if Burton winds up leading Chicago in touchdown receptions, he is a problem in the red zone. Buy in the early rounds. A legitimate TE1/Flex option.
Mike Gesicki (Miami)
In high school, Gesicki won a slam dunk contest; though he no longer stars on the hardwood, the towering tight end uses his bounce to sky over opponents and haul in touchdown passes. Built in the mold of the Bengals’ massive tight end Tyler Eifert, Gesicki has the size (6-foot-6) to dominate cornerbacks and the speed to race away from linebackers and safeties. With little competition at tight end, he will see a ton of targets in Miami. Catch him in the later rounds, probably between 6-8.
OJ Howard (Tampa Bay)
Despite splitting time with tight end Cameron Brate as a rookie in 2017, Howard emerged as one of Tampa Bay’s most dangerous pass catchers, totaling a score in three of his final five games. His ability to stretch the field creates mismatch problems for slower linebackers and defensive backs. With Jameis Winston slinging the long ball once he returns from suspension, Howard should see a huge uptick in targets. Draft in the middle rounds. A perfect TE2.