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Top 10 Best Tight Ends in College Football 2023 Rankings | NFL Draft 2024 Tight Ends Rankings

Ranking the best tight ends in College Football for the 2023 NCAA season as Brock Bowers of the Georgia Bulldogs leads the way

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By admin | April 21, 2024

The landscape and style of football being played continues to evolve from one year to the next with players continuing to find ways to get bigger, stronger, and faster. As players continue to become physical freaks of nature on the gridiron each week, the playmaking abilities continue to grow as well allowing both offensive and defensive coordinators to get creative on both sides of the football. One position that has changed over the years is the tight end position, a position once used more for blocking. Now tight ends are all over the field lining up on the line, out wild as a receiver, and even in some backfields. As you look at the Top 10 Best Tight Ends in College Football 2023 Rankings each are game changers who should not only continue to dominate but make the leap to the NFL over the next few NFL Drafts.

One of those talented game changers is the Georgia Bulldogs junior tight end Brock Bowers. Bowers, who has been a key playmaker for the Bulldogs since arriving, suffered an injury that will limit him down the stretch this season.

Nonetheless Bowers’ production to start the season has been as good as any tight end in the country while finding the end zone four times. Joining Bowers on the list of the best tight ends in college football include Cade Stover of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Dallin Holker of the Colorado State Rams, Colston Loveland of the Michigan Wolverines, and Jake Velling of the Oregon State Beavers. Here is a look at the Top 10 Best Tight Ends in College Football 2023 Rankings:

Honorable Mention

Gavin Bartholomew

School: Pitt Panthers

Just missing the Top 10 Best Tight Ends in College Football 2023 Rankings list is the Pittsburgh Panthers tight end Gavin Bartholomew. Bartholomew who lists at 6 foot 5 inches is a mismatch waiting to happen week in and week out while being used sparingly within the team’s offensive attack.

Nonetheless the Panthers tight end has showcased his strong hands to go along with the physical tangibles to be a big-time playmaker at the next level. Overall, on the season Bartholomew has pulled in 17 catches for 310 yards to go along with one touchdown reception. 

Isaac Rex

School: BYU Cougars

Another tight end that has slowly emerged as one of the best in college football this season is the BYU Cougars junior tight end Isaac Rex. Rex, who lists as one of the tallest tight ends in the game at 6 foot 6 inches has had a roller coaster of a junior season while having a few strong performances this season.

This includes his breakout game back on September 9th against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. In that game Rex pulled in four catches for 112 yards and one touchdown reception. The Cougars tight end has 23 total catches on the season with 316 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Top 10 Best Tight Ends in College Football 2023 Rankings

10. Justin Joly

School: UConn Huskies

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 NCAAF Tight Ends 2023 Rankings list is the UConn Huskies talented sophomore tight end Justin Joly. Joly, who is from New Rochelle, New York, continues to develop as a solid tight end in college football and a player to keep an eye on down the stretch as well as into next season.

The 6-foot 3-inch tight end has pulled in 26 catches on the season including posting at least three in six of the Huskies first seven games this season. Over those 26 catches, Joly has added 319 receiving yards to go along with one touchdown reception. 

9. Ja’Tavion Sanders

School: Texas Longhorns

One of the surprising teams around college football to start the 2023-2024 season has been the Texas Longhorns. As the Longhorns continue to fight in hopes of landing one of the four College Football Playoff positions, Ja’Tavion Sanders continues to be as reliable as any tight end in the game when his number is called.

While his production has decreased from last season, his play making capabilities continue to rank among the best at the position. Through six games this season, Sanders has pulled in 16 catches for 320 yards with one touchdown.

In the Longhorns 34-24 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide, Sanders pulled in five catches for 114 yards while playing a key role in the teams win.

8. Mitchell Evans

School: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

As the Notre Dame Fighting Irish transitioned from an All-Pro caliber tight end in Michael Mayer who was selected during the 2023 NFL Draft to a new starting tight end, one member of the team that stepped up was Mitchell Evans.

Evans, who had been used sparingly in the passing game in each of the two previous seasons while racking up a combined five catches for 60 yards and one touchdown, has been actively involved this season.

Entering the last weekend of October 2023, the Fighting Irish tight end has pulled in 24 catches on the season for 356 yards while also finding the end zone for one touchdown. Evans, who is not quite ready for the NFL Draft has the tools to develop into a strong tight end as he has his senior season next season. 

7. Tyler Warren

School: Penn State Nittany Lions

Another talented Big Ten conference school that continues to rank among the best teams in college football is the Penn State Nittany Lions. Like many of the other top football programs, the Nittany Lions are loaded across both their offense and defense.

This includes on the offensive side of the football that features a stud running back tandem of Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen. While most of Warren’s success has come from the blocking side of offense while helping to produce not one but two running backs with at least 400 yards as the month of October comes to an end.

The Nittany Lions tight end ranks among the top 10 tight ends in touchdowns after pulling in five to start the 2023-2024 NCAA Football season.

6. Ben Sinnott

School: Kansas State Wildcats

As you start to look around at the talented college football tight ends, it is hard to look past the Kansas State Wildcats junior tight end Ben Sinnott. While the Wildcats aren’t typically known for producing pass catching tight ends as some of the other top college football programs, Sinnott is one of those tight ends while emerging as a true game changer for the Wildcats this season.

Sinnott enters the final weekend of college football in October, having pulled in 26 catches on the season with 358 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions. In four of his first six games Sinnott has pulled in at least five catches and 64 receiving yards. 

5. Cade Stover

School: Ohio State Buckeyes

Rounding out the Top 5 on the Top 10 Best Tight Ends in College Football 2023 Rankings is the Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Cade Stover. Stover is just another talented weapon on an already stacked Buckeyes squad that features star wide receivers Marvin Harrison Jr and Emeka Egbuka.

Serving as the third weapon within his passing attack alongside them, Stover has pulled in at least four catches in five of his first six games, while adding no fewer than 52 yards in each game.

In addition, Stover has found the end zone three times on the season including posting two in the Buckeyes dominating 41-7 win over the Purdue Boilermakers. 

4. Jake Velling

School: Oregon State Beavers

From a physical standpoint the Ohio State Beavers tight end has everything needed to be a great tight end. Now as the sophomore continues to develop at the position, his actual playmaking abilities are showing up week in and week out while ranking as one of the best red zone tight ends in college football.

Over six games to start the season Jake Velling of the Beavers has racked up a season high seven touchdowns among all tight ends in college football. In addition, Velling has added 223 yards on the season to go along with his strong blocking abilities.

3. Colston Loveland

School: Michigan Wolverines

If you are looking for an emerging young tight end in college football, look no farther than the Michigan Wolverines tight end Colston Loveland. Loveland who is in his second season with the Wolverines while emerging as one of the best sophomore tight ends in all of college football.

Coming off a freshman season that included 16 catches for 235 yards with two touchdown receptions, Loveland continues to develop into a strong playmaker for the Wolverines this season as they chase one of the four College Football Playoff spots.

On the year, Loveland has gotten hot of late picking up at least one touchdown in three straight games while posting 183 yards over those three contests. 

2. Dallin Holker

School: Colorado State Rams

Sliding in just behind Brock Bowers among the best tight ends in college football is the Colorado State Rams tight end Dallin Holker. Holker, who is in his first season with the Rams after spending the past three seasons with the BYU Cougars, has been as difficult to cover as any pass catching tight end in the NFL.

After posting just 42 catches for 521 yards over his first three seasons, Holker has surpassed both statistics as well as total touchdowns in just seven games.

The Rams tight end currently leads all tight ends in receiving yards with 577 yards while also adding six touchdown receptions. In addition, Holker has added at least six catches in four games this season.

1. Brock Bowers

School: Georgia Bulldogs 

In at number one on the Top 10 Best Tight Ends in College Football 2023 Rankings list is the Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers. Bowers, who has been on each of the two National Championship teams while playing a key role, continues to build his NFL Draft resume.

Despite going down with a high ankle sprain that will most likely shut Bowers down for the season, the Bulldogs tight end showcased his talent and playmaking abilities to take home the top spot.

In seven games this season including the game he suffered the injury; Bowers has racked up 567 receiving yards to go along with four touchdowns. Over that stretch, Bowers put up three straight games with at least 120 receiving yards with one touchdown before going down against the Vanderbilt Commodores back in mid-October.

How would you rank the Best Tight Ends in College Football for the 2023-2024 BCS season? Rank below to be added in the NCAA Power Rankings.

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