Patriots: 3 TEs New England can draft in 2021 First Round
By Jack Long
Pat Freiermuth – Penn State
This guy may be the most prototypical TE in the 2021 draft.
Pat Freiermuth is perhaps the best blocking tight end available and is just a gritty, hard working player.
He has good hands and is very quick for a 255-pound monster of a man. Freiermuth is great after the catch, and defenders have a hell of a time trying to bring him down (see photo above).
The Big Ten TE of the year unfortunately had to have season-ending surgery after only playing four games for the Lions. Nonetheless, he should still be one of the top three receivers off the board.
If Freiermuth flies through combine medical checks and is still on the board, expect Bill Belichick to take an extended look at the capable receiving TE who is a beast in the trenches.
Is the first round of the draft the best route for the Patriots’ search for the next Gronk?
There is only one true game breaker at the TE position that is deserving of the Patriots’ first-round attention and that is Kyle Pitts. That being said, Bill Belichick isn’t exactly known for following Mel Kiper’s draft board.
This year’s free agent TE class isn’t one that is entirely skilled or deep – Pitts would honestly be better out of the gate than many of these guys. It’s for that reason I believe that Kyle Pitts should absolutely be the Patriots’ first-round selection if he is available.
Pitts and Devin Asiasi could end up being a lethal one-two punch for New England at the position for many years to come.