Packers 2017 NFL Draft position rankings: Building a collaborative draft board
By Dan Dahlke
Tight End Rankings
1. O.J. Howard, Alabama (40 pts)
2-t. Evan Engram, Ole Miss (33 pts)
2-t. David Njoku, Miami (33 pts)
4. Gerald Everett, South Alabama (25 pts)
5. Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech (21 pts)
6-t. Jordan Leggett, Clemson (19 pts)
6-t. Jake Butt, Michigan (19 pts)
8. Adam Shaheen, Ashland (14 pts)
9-t. Cole Hikutini, Louisville (5 pts)
9-t. George Kittle, Iowa (5 pts)
9-t. Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas (5 pts)
O.J. Howard was our consensus No. 1 tight end, and he was the first prospect all four of us had ranked at the top of his respective position. Evan Engram and David Njoku tied for 2nd in our final rankings with three of the four writers viewing Njoku as the 2nd-best tight end prospect in the draft, while a fourth writer ranked the Miami product 6th at the position. Every writer had Engram in their top three.
There were even more ties at the position. Every writer had Jake Butt and Jordan Leggett in the middle of their rankings, and consequently, they tied for 6th in our final rankings with 19 points. And then there was a three-way tie for 9th, with Cole Hikutini, George Kittle, and Jeremy Sprinkle each earning mentions in at least two of the writers’ rankings.
The most polarizing prospects were Bucky Hodges and Adam Shaheen. While two writers viewed Hodges as the 4th-best tight end in the class, one writer had him 5th and another ranked him all the way down at 10th. A similar theme rang true with Shaheen. While he was ranked 4th in one ranking, he was either 8th or 9th in the other three rankings.