Supply-and-Demand Overview: With Rob Gronkowski retiring a year ago, the tight end position was an absolutely abysmal disaster for the Patriots last fall. Veteran signing Ben Watson was suspended to start the year before “leading” the position with 17 catches for 173 yards in 10 games played with eight starts. Matt LaCosse battled injury on the way to just 13 catches for 131 yards and a score in 11 games with eight starts. After missing his rookie season to IR, Ryan Izzo’s sophomore effort included just six catches for 114 yards and a score in six games with four starts. None of the three offered much in terms of the blocking game. The Patriots might just as well have not had tight ends a year ago. Unfortunately, the 2020 NFL Draft doesn’t offer much at the position, either in terms of high-end talent or depth. After watching Iowa teammates T.J. Hockenson (No. 8 overall) and Noah Fant (No. 20) go in the first round last spring, it’s unlikely a tight end will get the call on the first night of this year’s Draft. While tight end may be New England’s top overall need, the overall talent just isn’t that impressive in this prospect class.
Estimated chances the Patriots take a TE at No. 23: 3
Estimated chances the Patriots take a TE at some point in the 2020 NFL Draft: 99