You’re a year early. While Pitts might be able to eke out a top 5 year this year, for most rookie TE’s, wait until next year.
The key this year is to look at guys who have been in the league for a few years. There are some solid ones who haven’t had breakout seasons yet. Here’s some:
Jonnu Smith: Granted, this is his 5th season, but he had 9 td’s last year on only 41 catches for Tennessee. Now he is with New England. If he becomes Mac’s go-to TE, watch out!
Dan Arnold: Could “Darnold to Arnold” be a thing? Arnold’s stats improved last year, and he seems to be making a connection with Sam Darnold. If Darnold can improve his play, and he has nowhere to go but up after the Gase/Jets years, Arnold could see top 5 potential.
Robert Tonyan: This is only his 4th season, after scoring 11 td’s last year. Could he elevate his game some more?
Mike Gesicki: Another 4th year TE. Will Tua’s elevated game lift Gesicki’s boat? Gesicki wasn’t bad last year, with 703 yards and 6 td’s.
Irv Smith: A 3rd year TE poised for big things before he got hurt, Right now, he is only expected to miss the first game, but could be a good stash risk.
Adam Trautman: This 2nd year Saints TE has potential, especially as an additional dump-off target for Jameis Winston, as well as end-zone target.