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Monday, April 26, 2010

Patriots select TE Aaron Hernandez

By: Greg
On the third day of the draft the Patriots started things off right by selecting thier second TE of the draft. Hernandez is a pure pass catching TE who was slotted to be picked in the late first/early second round of the draft but slipped all the way down to the fourth round. With the Patriots very slim at the TE position it was important to get some depth. Hernandez and Gronkowski were two of the best TEs in the draft and they got both of them. Very solid picks by the Pats, giving Brady weapons.


Scouting Report from NFL Draftcoutdown:

Strengths:


Excellent athleticism --- Great speed and quickness --- Soft, reliable hands --- Terrific ball skills and leaping ability --- Nice agility, balance and body control --- Polished route runner who knows how to get open and get separation --- Elusive and powerful runner after the catch --- Is smart with good instincts and a high football IQ --- Tough, physical and aggressive --- Solid strength --- Competitive --- Durable --- Productive .

Weaknesses:

Does not have the ideal size that you look for --- Leaves a lot to be desired as a blocker, especially in-line --- Is not explosive and lacks a burst --- Has some trouble beating the jam --- Weight room strength does not translate to the field --- Might have some character concerns.

Notes:

Was a two-year starter for the Gators --- Named 1st Team All-SEC and a 1st Team All-American in 2009 --- Won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end in 2009 --- Father, Dennis, was a defensive back at Connecticut in the late 1970's and brother, D.J., played quarterback and wide receiver for the Huskies --- Enjoyed a prolific prep career and was consensus #1 tight end recruit in the entire country coming out of high school --- Owns the Florida records for most catches by a tight end in a season and a career --- One-dimensional pass catching threat but excels in that area --- A prototypical H-Back in the mold of Chris Cooley.
 
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