8. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
One of the most athletic tight ends in the league, Pettigrew is one of Matthew Stafford’s favorite targets on the Lions offense. He has great speed and great hands and is a reliable target over the middle and in the red zone. Stafford will continue to thrive this year and so will his tight end.
2012 Projection: 813 receiving yards, 8 receiving TD’s – 129 points
7. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
It almost seems unfair to have the number two tight end in an offensive system ranked in the top 10, but that is exactly what Hernandez is. The Patriots run a two tight end system that creates mismatches all over opposing defenses. If one is covered, the other is most likely open. It worked so well last season, I can’t imagine anything else but more of the same in 2012.
2012 Projection: 897 receiving yards, 8 receiving TD’s – 137 points