Would Patriots consider TE in 1st round?

The Patriots selected a tight end in the first round of the 2002 draft (Daniel Graham) and the 2004 draft (Benjamin Watson). Might they consider doing it again in 2010?

When Chad Reuter of NFLDraftscout.com put together his latest mock draft, he slotted Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham to the Patriots with the 22nd pick. Reuter explained the choice in a weekend phone interview.

“The Bengals could take him at 21, but I could easily see Cincinnati going wide receiver. The Patriots obviously have a need at tight end, especially if Ben Watson leaves town. I think both Gresham and Rob Gronkowski could be options at 22. Without their injuries, both of them would probably be top 20 picks. There isn’t a great difference between the guy they take at 22 and the first couple of picks they have in the second round, so part of me wonders if they might look at Tim Tebow at 22, or at least put it out there that there is some interest, if for nothing else but to generate interest in the pick. I could envision a team like Jacksonville trading a future first-rounder for 22, with Tebow in mind. With three picks in the second round, the Patriots might be more willing to part with that pick.”