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.