Draft Zone: 17th Ranked Tight End – Bengals Jermaine Gresham

The Cincinnati Bengals’ Jermaine Gresham is the 17th ranked tight end in the 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an average draft position (ADP) of 156, he’s likely to be taken some time around the beginning of the 13th round.

The Bengals added athletic tight end Tyler Eifert from Notre Dame in the 2013 NFL Draft, and several pundits have high hopes for the first-round pick. However, this doesn’t push Gresham completely out of the picture. The New England Patriots used a two-TE set to perfection over the last few seasons, and it seems like Cincinnati is thinking about the same strategy.

Gresham hasn’t had any huge seasons in his career, but he posted respectable numbers in 2012 with 64 catches for 737 yards and five touchdowns. The addition of Eifert will likely draw safeties and more athletic linebackers off Gresham, which should create favorable matchups for the fourth-year player out of Oklahoma.

The Bengals could use a little more explosion in the passing game, as the team was ranked 19th in the NFL in yards per game last season. With Gresham standing at 6-feet, five-inches tall, and Eifert measured at 6-feet, 6-inches tall, the Bengals could be a nightmare for opposing secondaries.

Gresham is a worth a look in later rounds based on his sure hands, size and potential matchups.

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