Which tight ends stand out from Patriots perspective at 2020 NFL combine

Ryan Hannable
February 26, 2020 - 7:30 am

INDIANAPOLIS -- On Tuesday, the tight ends were one of three position groups that met with the media in Indy at the NFL Combine.

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The position is the biggest need for the Patriots and could be addressed via free agency and the draft. Unfortunately for New England, this isn’t a very strong class, so it’s likely it will not select one in Round 1 and will wait until the middle rounds.

Here are five names to keep an eye on from a New England perspective.

Adam Trautman, Dayton — The small-school tight end met with the Patriots in Indy and could be a mid-round option. Known for his speed, he needs to work on his blocking, but he put up great numbers. Trautman totaled 70 catches for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns last fall.

Thaddeus Moss, LSU — Randy Moss’ son really came on strong at the end of the year, including in the National Championship, to really raise his draft stock. He seems likely to go in the middle rounds with the chance to go even higher if things go well over the next few months. Given the need at the position and his father, Moss and the Patriots will likely be connected right through draft weekend.

Hunter Bryant, Washington — Bryant is considered one of the better tight ends in the class, but with it being a below average year, he likely will not be a first-round pick. As a junior, he caught 52 passes for 825 yards and three touchdowns. He has met with the Patriots in Indy and had a Patriots-related answer when asked who he would like to catch a touchdown from. “Probably Tom Brady," he said. "Because he’s the GOAT. He’s the best that’s ever done it. He’s a great competitor. And I like how knowledgeable he is in the game. I have a lot of respect for him.”

Cole Kmet, Notre Dame — Kmet is another player who the Patriots could target in the middle rounds. He improved a great deal this past season, going from 15 catches for 162 yards in 2018 to 43 catches for 515 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. Keep an eye on him in the coming weeks when it comes to contact with the Patriots.

Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri — The Missouri product is extremely well spoken and may be more known for his ability to catch passes and stretch the field, but he’s also working on his blocking skills. He mentioned Rob Gronkowski as a player he models his game after, and he could be a name to keep an eye on as the draft process continues.

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