The Patriots have needs at nearly every position, but tight end is the most dire. The Patriots have just Michael Hoomanawaui and D.J. Williams on the roster after Rob Gronkowski, and that lack of depth severely hurt them after Gronk went down with a season-ending knee injury last season. Gronkowski’s health is far from guaranteed, and he might not start the season on the active roster, so the Patriots have to address this position early.
There’s a clear top five in this draft class, consisting of North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins (above), Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro, Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas and Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz. Seferian-Jenkins is the best fit, since he can play both tight end roles in the Patriots’ offense, meaning he can serve as depth behind Gronkowski and coexist in the same packages.