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Finding that indispensable tight end

As the position becomes more critical, teams are searching for the perfect fit

Originally Published: April 21, 2011
By Michael Landrigan and Jason York | ESPN Stats & Information

No tight ends are expected to be picked in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, a challenging situation for teams looking to stay in step with the league's increasing reliance on the position for big production. Those teams are going to have to find that help in the later rounds, but last year's draft would seem to indicate it can be done.

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