As they do every offseason, the NFL Network is currently going through their top 100 players going into the 2018 season. The way they compile the list is actually by asking players who their top guys are around the league. It could be teammates or players they’ve gone up against or watched that they have a lot of respect for. It’s a peer-based ranking system that comes together after compiling some of the most common names that are brought up.
Bucs tight end O.J. Howard was asked about his top tight ends in the NFL and this is who he said he admires the most.
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) May 26, 2018
It’s hard to go wrong with a pick like Travis Kelce. Since becoming a starter in 2014, Kelce has over 300 catches, 3,900 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. Howard notes that Kelce is sort of just like a big receiver, and that you never know what he’s going to do with the ball in his hands.
Howard and Kelce are actually built very similarly. Kelce measured in at 6-foot-5, 256 pounds and ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Howard came in at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds and ran a 4.51 40-yard dash.
Can Howard be as productive as Kelce?