AFC South Rankings- Tight Ends

The only definite way to the postseason and to a lucrative postseason home game is to win your division. To figure out who has the inside track in the AFC South for 2012, we are going to rank each of the position groups from best to worst. We will move on to the tight ends.

The tight end position among the four AFC South teams is probably the closest in terms of talent of any position group from best to worst.

1. Houston Texans

Owen Daniels, Garrett Graham, James Casey, Brock Logan

Even with the loss of Joel Dreesen in free agency, the Texans get the nod as the top tight end grouping in the AFC South. Owen Daniels is a playmaker at the position, Garrett Graham has the ability to follow Daniels as he did at the University of Wisconsin, and James Casey is an all-everything type of guy who can play in the backfield or on the end.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Marcedes Lewis, Zachary Miller, Zach Potter, Colin Cloherty

Former Pro Bowler Marcedes Lewis is poised for a big season after struggling with some personal issues in 2011. When healthy both mentally and physically, Lewis is one of the best dual threat tight ends in the game. If Zach Miller can stay healthy, he has the potential to be a matchup nightmare for opponents, but he's been hurt in each of his first three seasons. Zach Potter is almost purely a blocking tight end and Colin Cloherty made contributions at the end of last season.

3. Indianapolis Colts

Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Justin Snow, Kyle Miller

Although the Colts tight ends are anything but proven, they get the nod over the Titans based on their potential. Coby Fleener was the best tight end in the draft and he will enter a very comfortable situation as he will have his college quarterback, Andrew Luck throwing him the ball. Former Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen is a huge target and it's expected that Indianapolis will try and use both as New England does with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

4. Tennessee Titans

Jared Cook, Daniel Graham, Craig Stevens, Taylor Thompson, Cameron Graham

Jared Cook has the potential to be a great tight end, but after three years in the league he's yet to make a significant impact. Cook is a big target with great athleticism but has seemingly disappeared for long stretches in his career. Daniel Graham should pitch in from time to time and add a veteran presence and the team is hopeful that rookie Taylor Thompson from SMU can be a playmaker.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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