Not only could the New England Patriots be using the 2014 NFL Draft to find the eventual heir to future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Tom Brady, they will likely try to upgrade their skill positions on offense as well.
The Patriots obviously need help at wide receiver. Signing Brandon LaFell and re-signing Julian Edelman was a good start, but they need someone to take the top off of the defense.
The Patriots used the 2010 Draft to land two star tight ends, but with Rob Gronkowski’s injury problems and Aaron Hernandez facing a lifetime in prison, the Patriots may not have an impact player at the position.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports wonders if the Patriots will again try to reload at the position in one draft.
I can’t help but wonder if the Pats will take multiple tight ends, including a late-round project. Have a gut feeling they will. Not quite the back-to-back tight end picks from a few years ago, but still trying to load up at that position if they can.
The Patriots would likely have to trade into the top 10 to get the top tight end in the draft, former North Carolina Tar Heel Eric Ebron, but they could target former Texas Tech Red Raider Jace Amaro, former Washington Huskies’ star Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and former Notre Dame Fighting Irish standout Troy Niklas, among others.