After not drafting tight end over first two days, could Patriots be interested in Kyle Rudolph?

Ryan Hannable
April 27, 2019 - 10:13 am

FOXBORO -- Going into the draft, one of the biggest needs on the Patriots roster was tight end, and through the first two days it hasn't been addressed.

Now, that we're in Day 3, a impactful tight end will be hard to find. 

Speaking Friday night, director of player personnel Nick Caserio indicated even when the draft is over, there's still more time to add players.

"As we all know, there are other opportunities to add players to our team," Once the draft is over, then we enter the next phase of the team-building process. It's kind of an on-going thing. We're kind of at a fixed point in time right now in this three-day period, but we have a long runway in front of us so let's say we'll just continue to the next phase. In the interim, we just take it step-by-step, day-by-day and just try to pick players that we think fit us the best regardless of how we get them here."

One of those ways is via trade, and following the draft teams could make certain players available based on how rosters look -- like Kyle Rudolph of Minnesota.

According to MMQB's Albert Breer, the Vikings are draft open to, but not actively shopping, deals for their more expensive veteran players. Rudolph is one of those players, and the Vikings selected tight end Irv Smith Jr. in Round 2 Friday night.

Given what the Patriots currently have at tight end -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Stephen Anderson, Jacob Hollister, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo -- a call to the Vikings makes a lot of sense.

The 29-year-old is entering the final year of his deal and has a base salary of $7.2 million and a cap hit of $7.6 million.

While it's not a lock to happen by any means, it's something to certainly keep an eye on.

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