Sep 28, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Troy Niklas (85) scores a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners at Notre Dame Stadium. Oklahoma defeated Notre Dame 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Niklas Linked To Patriots In Recent Mock Draft

Aug 31, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Troy Niklas (85) breaks away to score a touchdown against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest priorities for the Patriots heading into the 2014 offseason, should be stocking up at the tight end position. Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro has been a common name floating around, and I personally am high on him. But Newsday’s Nick Klopsis went in a different direction yesterday, picking Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas for New England. Here are Klopsis’ comments:

Rob Gronkowski should be healthy in 2014. But what’s more dangerous than Rob Gronkowski? Two Rob Gronkowskis (or, at least, one Gronk and one TE that’s very similar to Gronk).’s Mike Mayock has Niklas ranked as the fourth best tight end in this year’s class, and I agree with him. He is certainly a good prospect, but if I were Bill Belichick (yeah right), I would go with Amaro or Seferian-Jenkins in the first round. Klopsis has Amaro going to the Jets with the 18th selection, which I see as a little too high for Amaro. But Jenkins is still on his board when the Pats are on the clock. When you compare the production of Niklas and Jenkins/Amaro, the results aren’t even close. Statistics aren’t everything, but they definitely go a long way towards deciding who is the better prospect.

This time of year has the internet full of mock drafts, and there is one common theme among all of them. Everybody expects the Patriots to go with a tight end in the first round. So what will Belichick and company do? He will probably troll us all, and select a running back with their first pick. That’s what you get when you are a fan of the Patriots.

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