Top tight ends in NFL: 49ers’ George Kittle is No. 1, but who else?

George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

NFL’s top tight ends, No. 3: Mark Andrews, Ravens

2019 Pro Football Focus Grade: 90.8

Football Outsiders DVOA: 12.1 percent

64 receptions, 852 yards and 10 touchdowns

There could be some Baltimore Ravens fans out there thinking their Pro Bowl tight end, Mark Andrews, should be right alongside Travis Kelce in the rankings for top tight ends entering 2020, and they’d have a sound argument.

Andrews broke onto the scene last year and led all tight ends with 10 touchdowns, missing the league lead for most touchdown receptions by any player by merely one. That alone is impressive, and so is the fact Pro Football Focus gave him the second-best grade for a tight end (90.8) behind George Kittle.

And while his DVOA is a touch below that of Kelce, one can easily suggest Andrews’ trajectory is on just as quick a rise.

This is important, as the Ravens feature tight ends in their receiving game much more than they do nearly every other squad in the league. Andrews was the primary beneficiary, of course, but with former teammate Hayden Hurst jumping ship this offseason to join the Atlanta Falcons, one could easily figure Andrews is in line to get a notable uptick in targets, yards and potentially even more touchdowns.

A run-first Ravens offense, which also mixes in big plays through the air, is the perfect fit for the third-year pro, putting him safely at the No. 3 spot on this list.