Tight ends have been a hot commodity in the NFL draft recently. In fact, the 2006 class saw eight tight ends come off the board on the first day, making it the highest such total in more than two decades.
Due to the position's increasing popularity, teams have also become less gun-shy about using high picks on a tight end. When the 49ers selected Vernon Davis with the sixth overall pick in this year's draft, he joined Kellen Winslow Jr. (2004) as the highest two tight ends taken since Riley Odoms, who was drafted fifth by the Broncos in 1972.
Unfortunately for teams that missed out on this year's tight end bonanza, supply will not meet demand in the 2007 draft. The harsh reality is that no senior tight end is worthy of a first-round selection.