The Return of the NFL’s Tight Ends
Nobody puts tight ends in the corner. Last month, for just the second time in 38 years, three tight ends were drafted in the first round, suggesting the once-lowly position might be on the rise once again. Since 1979, when NFL offenses started prioritizing the quarterback-wide receiver combination, demand for tight ends has waned: Just 20 were drafted in the last 20 first rounds, the fewest of any skill position. But with more teams gambling on modern tight ends’ “multidimensional” potential, the position may be making a comeback.