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.