3. Thaddeus Moss, LSU, 6′ 2” and 250 lbs
I know what you’re thinking — and I don’t just have Moss on my list because he is the son of Randy Moss, or because he played with Heisman Trophy winner, Joe Burrow, at quarterback on the college football national champions last season.
His father was a prolific wide receiver — one of the best of all time — and set records when he played in New England. Thaddeus, however, is not as much of a pass-catcher as his dad, but rather the great blocker.
Lance Zierlein, an NFL analyst, had this to say about Moss:
"“Tape study shows he’s actually more skilled as a run blocker. He has great hands and good body control, […] He will get after it as a run blocker, using above-average technique and an impressive ability to strain and sustain against bigger opponents. He could struggle to uncover against tight man, but his hybrid TE/H-back versatility and run-blocking prowess could lock him into a TE3 role.”"
It would be a lot of fun to have another Moss in New England, and as I mentioned before, the Patriots need a good blocking tight end with great hands, which is what Moss can provide.
Perhaps he has a flair for the dramatic as well, since he did catch two touchdowns in the championship game this past year.
Whether it is Kmet, Trautman, Moss, or any other tight end in this year’s NFL Draft, I’m sure it will be an upgrade from what New England employed in the 2019 season … and fans have good reason to get excited about this year’s draft because of that.