1. Tyler Eifert -- Notre Dame. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Eifert might very well be the best tight end in all of college football. He has the size and athleticism to be dynamite in the passing game (63 catches for 803 yards and five scores in 2011) and is also a good blocker in the running game. He's the total package and will likely be a very high draft pick in 2013. The Canes will have their hands full with him when they travel to Chicago to take on the Irish.
2. Eric Ebron -- North Carolina. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Ebron was just a freshman in 2011 but he was a very good one. Averaging over 20 yards per catch on 10 catches, Ebron scored once. He is a tremendous athlete who has the upside to be a major threat down the middle of the field. He can do a lot of things for an offense, too, and will give ACC defenses a lot of problems this season.
3. Nick O'Leary -- Florida State. A very good football player from South Florida, Al Golden and his staff recruited O'Leary hard out of Dwyer High two years ago. At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, O'Leary didn't catch a pass against the Canes last season but did bring in 12 for 164 yards and one score. He's most remembered by Miami fans as having recovered the onside kick late in the game by the Canes. He's a very good player who can do a lot of things and should really elevate his game in year two.
4. Chris Pantale -- Boston College. At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, Pantale is a very good two-way tight end for the Eagles. He has the size and strength to serve as another tackle in their offense but also caught 21 passes for 236 yards and three scores. He's not exceptional at either one but he's very solid and is considered one of the best overall tight ends in the conference.