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The New England Tight End Debate


We’ve already seen all of the big names — from a relatively shallow tight end pool — vanish from the draft board.  How many of those guys wound up in a red, white and blue draft hat?  Um…yeah, zero.

So who might get the call if and when it does actually happen?  Will it happen at all?

I’ve got my eye on a couple specific names:  Colt Lyerla and AC Leonard.  The former is likely to be passed over, mostly due to some major character concerns.  However, his strong combine performance  is something that cannot simply be overlooked.

NFL Media draft expert Mike Mayock had the following to say about Lyerla:

He’s a first-round talent who could be drafted as late as the fifth round because of the risk his character presents.

The second guy, AC Leonard, also cranked out a nice overall combine showing and hammered out an impressive 4.50 40-dash time.  At 6’2″, he’s not overly tall, but he would provide New England with a quick, “move” tight end, to pair up with Rob Gronkowski.

A few other names that might draw interest are Arthur Lynch (Georgia), Marcel Jensen (Frenso St.), and Trey Burton (Florida).  Of course, if you’re like me, you have no idea which tight end’s name Bill Belichick’s finger lands on Saturday, if any.

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  • Willy

    Makes you wonder if they arent going in a different direction. I know they liked several of the TE’s they had in for a visit but apparently not enough to move up or select at their spot, instead trading down. If Kraft would let Bill draft Lyerla, then I expect him to be picked up, great value if his demons are behind him. If they end up picking up 2 TE’s then Blanchflower could be an option as well further down in the draft.

  • Derek Zaske

    Lyerla is gonna be a beast. I’ve seen him play at Oregon, and the kid is a football player. Yeah he’s made some mistakes, but he was young and stupid. If he has learned from those mistakes, he can be one of the best tight ends in this draft.

  • J.T. McGrath

    Aaaaaaand…Bill’s finger lands on no one. I imagine there will be some sort of Zach Sudfeld deal, where they pick up an undrafted guy. Doesn’t surprise me that Lyerla went undrafted, and I had heard the Pats didn’t even have him on their board. But he might be worth taking a risk now…