Saturday, April 24, 2010
Hernandez continues Patriots' TE makeover
By Tim Graham
A month ago, the only tight ends on the New England Patriots' roster were Robbie Agnone and Rob Myers, undrafted rookies on last year's practice squad.
They cut Chris Baker and let Benjamin Watson drift off into free agency.
The depth chart looked rather empty.
Today, the Patriots have an impressive group of tight ends that should have them set for years to come.
The Patriots on Saturday morning selected Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round. They took Arizona's Ron Gronkowski in the second round Friday night, giving them two of the top four tight ends in this year's class, according to Scouts Inc.
Gronkowski is viewed as a more complete tight end, but had back problems that wiped out his junior season. Hernandez is the better receiver. Hernandez had 68 receptions for 850 yards and five touchdowns last year.
New England previously signed veteran Alge Crumpler, a two-time Pro Bowler who has morphed into more of a blocker than a receiver.