Worst tight end ever drafted by the New England Patriots

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Who was the worst tight end that the New England Patriots drafted? Well, you can answer this question multiple ways—but I’m going to answer it this way. The worst tight end that the Patriots have ever drafted averaged 58 receptions per-season, 652 receiving yards per-season and six touchdown receptions per-season.

I’ll give you a hint: This player only lasted three years in the National Football League and is currently behind bars.

Well, you guessed it: Aaron Hernandez.

To be quite honest with you, Hernandez likely isn’t the worst tight end that New England has ever drafted, but he’s the worst player that they’ve ever drafted.

Yes, Hernandez was a bust. Sure, he produced when he was on the field and even was named to one Pro Bowl. However, he’s a criminal and will forever taint the New England Patriots’ history.

Can we be critical of Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, Jonathan Kraft and the New England Patriots for drafting him? You bet.

Entering the 2010 NFL Draft, each and every team knew Hernandez was trouble—even the Patriots. Granted, Hernandez was known to enjoy recreational usage of marijuana, but that’s not the reason why he dropped out of the first two rounds. It’s because he was trouble.

New England selected Hernandez with the 113th pick in the fourth round; and if the Pats didn’t draft him there, I feel pretty confident when I say this: He wouldn’t have been drafted at all.

The was no way of knowing that the former Florida Gator was going to be brought up on murder charges, but the majority of the NFL knew that he was trouble. They were well aware of his checkered past.

Hernandez could have been one of the most dynamic players to ever play the game of football—but he blew that all away this summer. Rather than drafting tight end Dennis Pitta, defensive tackle Geno Atkins and safety Kam Chancellor—who were all a few picks following Hernandez—the Patriots settled with Hernandez.

Taking all of this into consideration, and doing some more research regarding Hernandez’s past, you can easily see why Aaron Hernandez is the worst tight end that the New England Patriots have ever drafted.

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  • Andrew Perry

    This is completely insane he was an amazing TE who most importantly hasnt been sentenced to anything yet. There is a legal system in place that says innocent until proven guilty. It might to obvious to you with

    • JP Losman

      I don’t think the author said anything but he has been charged with those crimes.

  • MAL

    Santorsa,
    Get off your high-horse. You’re just looking for a way to express your moral indignation about a situation no one could have possibly foreseen. Let’s wait and see if all the innuendo amounts to anything in a court of law.

    • Anonymous

      From the article:
      “The was no way of knowing that the former Florida Gator was going to be brought up on murder charges, but the majority of the NFL knew that he was trouble. They were well aware of his checkered past.”

  • zombretti

    Pats are notorious for granting players the opportunity to change their ways with a clean slate or second chance. I think any organization not just in sports should be applauded for granting young people second chances.

    PS grammar check???
    “Can we be sure critical of Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, Jonathan Kraft and the New England Patriots for drafting him? You bet.”

    • Rami Abou-Sabe

      Thanks for catching that! Fixed now.

  • Holly

    What a stupid article. Look at the picture, you can feel his intensity. The ball is overthrown, but Hernandez is going to find a way to catch it. He was beautiful to watch. Whether he’s proving guilty or not, it is heartbreaking to see that talent tossed away so effortlessly. I can’t imagine any greater high than catching a ball and galloping down a field while 80.000 people were cheering you on. To have throw that away is criminal. Still makes me sad to think about Hernandez. What’s wrong with these young men that they can’t understand that they’ve won. Why can’t they let go of the ugliness that surrounded their youth and thank whatever powers there are for allowing them to gotten out. I don’t get that.

  • David

    Why was this article published? He was a terrific Tight end. Frankly, accusations of his crime have been charged, but seems like they are having a tough time proving anything. If he somehow beats the rap, it will be a race to see who can get his name on a contract first. Remember Lawrence Phillips, Rae Carruth, Michael Vick, all Saints, right? You sound like another Pats hater. You don’t have a freakin’ clue.