Packers: Jimmy Graham in top three of 2018 NFL tight end rankings

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 31: Tight end Jimmy Graham
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15. Austin Hooper (Atlanta Falcons)

Hooper is a rising star, and he should improve in 2018 with an improved Atlanta receiving corps. It’ll be interesting to see who ends up becoming the top tight end in the 2016 receiving class between Hooper and Hunter Henry.

14. Trey Burton (Chicago Bears)

I expect Burton to have a good season, and he should have a positive impact on Mitchell Trubisky’s development. Burton was a key piece in the Eagles’ Super Bowl run last year, and he’ll need to have a similar performance this season if the Bears want to end their playoff drought.

13. O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Howard isn’t the best tight end in Tampa Bay quite yet, but that isn’t because he is bad, but instead because Cameron Brate is that good. He was probably the safest pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and I think he will have a very long and productive career.

12. Charles Clay (Buffalo Bills)

I am really interested to see how Clay does this year if Josh Allen is the starter in Buffalo. I think Allen, despite his rocket arm, will rely heavily on Clay on short routes if he gets playing time. Look for improved numbers from Clay this year, no matter who’s throwing to him.

11. Evan Engram (New York Giants)

I was a little conflicted on where to put Engram in these rankings. He is one of the better receiving tight ends in the league, but he can’t block as well as some of the other tight ends on this list. Even though the position is evolving, tight ends still need to be effective blockers.

That being said, expect most of the Giants offensive players to improve with Pat Shurmur now in control of their offense.