Gronkowski's injury worries will take him out of the first round this year, but he's still the no-doubt best tight end in the league, and that's not a hot take.
2.Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs. Bye: 5.
Kelce became much more consistent last season and should be able to keep that play up this year.
3.Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins. Bye: 9.
We'll need to keep an eye on Washington's receivers this offseason, because DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon could both be gone, which would boost Reed up even more, but he's already a top option and is probably the closest to Gronkowski in upside.
4.Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals. Bye: 9.
Eifert couldn't get healthy last year, but was a force when he was healthy, with five touchdowns in six full games. His upside is up there with Kelce and Reed.
5.Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers. Bye: 7.
The tight end position was horrid for fantasy last season, but Olsen ended up as the second-best fantasy tight end of the season despite a bad year for the Panthers all around. I do expect a better offense for the Panthers next season, which won't be that tough, and Olsen should remain a steady player in a shaky position.
6.Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks. Bye: 5.
Graham surprised me with how well he played last season, and even though he won't be the fantasy player he was in New Orleans, he should remain a solid option moving forward.
7.Eric Ebron, TE, Lions. Bye: 10.
Ebron shows plenty of ability, but remains inconsistent. I think he's good enough to become a bigger part of Detroit's offense this year and should be a useful fantasy player.
8.Delanie Walker, TE, Titans. Bye: 13.
Walker has a ton of talent, but age and injuries continue to hamper his upside.
10.Martellus Bennett, TE, Packers. Bye: 4.
11.Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings. Bye: 6.
12.Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles. Bye: 4.
Ertz had a strong run of games to end last season - much like the previous year -, which will get people on board again for 2017. I'm not as sold, but if he continues to see the targets he was over the last half of the season, he'll be a good fantasy tight end with upside for a better overall season.
Honestly Walt, with the exception of the Malcolm Smith deal, the 49ers have done a really good job in free agency, there is nothing wrong either the Kerley or Mitchell deals. I think they were right in line for who the players are. Denver offered Mitchell a deal worth slightly less. As a diehard 49er fan, a B is more in line with the correct grade.