Pac-12 2014 positional rankings - tight ends: Oregon and Oregon State loaded at tight end

Ralph Freso

The Beavers and Ducks have almost all of the top returning tight ends in the conference.

1. Connor Hamlett Sr. Oregon State

Not a great year for returning talent at the position, but Hamlett is far and away the best player at the position coming back. He is big at 6'7 265 and very productive, catching more than 70 passes for more than 750 yards and eight touchdowns the past two seasons. He should get even more looks in 2014 with Brandin Cooks off to the NFL.

2. Caleb Smith Jr. Oregon State

Equally massive as Hamlett, Smith is a 6'6 270 target that emerged as a talented pass catcher at tight end for the Beavers. He had a breakout season in 2013 as a down-the-middle defense-stretching target who bring big play ability to the tight end position as he finished with 25 receptions for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns.

3. John Mundt So. Oregon

Mundt burst onto the scene last year filling in for Colt Lyerla against Tennessee when he had five receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He wasn't able to match that production the rest of the season, but consistently made a catch or two the rest of the way and shows the potential to be the next great Duck tight end.

4. Kellen Clute Jr. Oregon State

The third piece of Oregon State's awesome trio of tight ends, Clute caught nearly 20 passes in 2013 and had two touchdowns while being particularly effective in The Civil War.

5. Pharaoh Brown Jr. Oregon

Apparently the only place in the Pac-12 that is still making tight ends in the state of Oregon. Brown stepped into a more expansive role when Lyerla was dismissed and played well, expect to see even more out of him in 2014 though with a full season of experience under his belt and with Mundt also drawing attention.

6. De'Marieya Nelson Sr. Arizona State

A versatile player that played fullback and tight end in 2013, Nelson played behind Chris Coyle and ran for two touchdowns along with two receiving touchdowns. Like most of these guys, expect to see a lot more of him in 2014 with Coyle off to the NFL.

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