Where Chig Okonkwo Ranks Among Best Values at Tight End in NFL

Where Chig Okonkwo Ranks Among Best Values at Tight End in NFL
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The second year of Tennessee tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo’s NFL career was a shining example of what fans and coaches hope is possible going forward.

The 24-year-old out of Tennessee thrived in all facets of the game this season for the Titans, with 54 catches for 528 yards and a touchdown, while posting an approximate value (per Pro-Football-Reference.com) of 5 in 17 games.

That 528-yard total came on a salary cap hit of $996,085, meaning Okonkwo finished the season with a dollar per receiving yard average of $1,887, which was the fourth-best average in the league.

To determine Okonkwo’s rank among the league’s tight ends, BetTennessee.com utilized Pro-Football-Reference.com to find the cap hit and receiving yards of every NFL tight end during the 2023-24 NFL regular season. After doing the math of the dollar per point share for each player in the league, we determined the 10 most value-driven TEs from this season. Salary and yards were included for all teams the player was on during the 2023-24 season.

Although you can find odds at Tennessee sportsbooks on tight end receiving yards in the Super Bowl, the blocking skills of tight ends are a little harder to track. Because of that, blocking wasn’t represented in this chart.

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Best Value NFL Tight Ends of 2023-24 Season

Rank, Player, Team Cap Hit (2023-24) Receiving Yards (2023-24) $ Per Yard
1. Jake Ferguson, DAL $1,046,221 761 $1,375
2. Tanner Hudson, CIN $522,220 352 $1,484
3. Trey McBride, ARI $1,431,741 925 $1,548
4. Chig Okonkwo, TEN $996,085 528 $1,887
5. Sam LaPorta, DET $1,721,089 889 $1,936
6. Isaiah Likely, BAL $996,085 411 $2,424
7. Cade Otton, TB $1,108,486 455 $2,436
8. Tucker Kraft, GB $1,006,897 355 $2,836
9. Kylen Granson, IND $1,116,592 368 $3,034
10. Noah Gray, KC $1,018,444 305 $3,339

Tennessee betting apps list San Francisco as a 1.5-point favorite in the Super Bowl with a moneyline of -125. The Chiefs' moneyline is +105, while the game’s over/under is 47.5.

Titans Find Value in Okonkwo

Among the NFL’s bounty of tight ends, Okonkwo’s $1,887 per yard figure was the fourth-best in the league, ranking behind Jake Ferguson of Dallas ($1,375 per yard), Tanner Hudson of Cincinnati ($1,484 per yard) and Trey McBride of Arizona ($1,548 per yard). When broken down by yardage alone, Okonkwo’s 528 yards ranked fourth behind McBride (925 yards), LaPorta (889 yards) and Ferguson (761 yards).

Two of the best tight ends in the league battle each other in less than two weeks at Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas with the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce and the San Francisco 49ers George Kittle. Kelce is the second-leading receiver in the postseason with 23 catches (27 targets) for 262 yards (11.4 avg.) with three TDs, while Kittle has only been targeted 10 times with six receptions for 108 yards (18.0 avg.) with one score.

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Christopher Boan writes for BetTennessee.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.