August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) spins past Atlanta Falcons defensive back Thomas DeCoud (28) in the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Amid Aaron Hernandez Arrest, we look back at 2010 Tight End Class


 

Three years ago, the Cincinnati Bengals went with Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham with the No. 21 overall pick, making him the first TE taken that year. But up to this point, he’s been regarded as the fourth or even fifth-best TE to come out of that class, as he’s been outperformed by a pair of New England Patriots in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

The Baltimore Ravens also landed Dennis Pita, who last year caught 61 balls for 669 yards and 7 TDs, compared to Gresham’s 64 catches for 737 yards and 5 TDs.

But perhaps the best TE to be drafted that year was Jimmy Graham, who had just one year of collegiate experience at TE after playing basketball for the Miami Hurricanes.

All of that being said, here are the career statistics from the top TEs drafted in 2010:

Tight end Drafted overall Career Receptions Yards TDs
Jimmy Graham 95th 215 2,648 25
Rob Gronkowski 42nd 187 2,663 38
Aaron Hernandez 113th 175 1,956 18
Jermaine Gresham 21st 172 1,804 15
Dennis Pitta 114th 102 1,075 10
Ed Dickson 70th 86 905 6

 

Again. Gresham has been “at-best” the #4 TE in a class which he was projected to be the #1 in. But with Gronkowski’s recent injuries, and Hernandez looking like his career may be over as he faces murder charges, the Bengals may have not missed as badly as it appeared just a few weeks ago.

 

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