It is no secret that the Patriots are in need of some help at the tight end position. Rob Gronkowski is recovering from knee surgery, but even if he comes back completely healthy, New England still needs some insurance at this position.Virtually every mock draft that has been made up until this point has the Pats taking a tight end, with the majority of them targeting Jace Amaro as their first pick (including myself).
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, four of the top tight end prospects (Jace Amaro, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Troy Niklas, C.J. Fiedorowicz) have met with the Patriots, which reinforces the idea of them going after a tight end in the early portion of this year’s draft.
Mike Mayock, one of the many draft experts over at NFL.com, recently ranked the top five tight end prospects in this year’s class, and the four guys the Patriots interviewed are all on the list. Eric Ebron ranks at the top, followed by Seferian-Jenkins, Amaro, Niklas, and finally Fiedorowicz.
I personally like Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro the most, but all four of these guys are solid football players. Ebron is also in the mix, but unless New England decides to trade up in the draft, he won’t be left on the board by the time the 29th pick rolls around.