It's been nearly a year since Aaron Hernandez was arrested and cut from the NFL, but the New England Patriots have still not found an adequate replacement.
Bill Belichick and offensive co-ordinator Josh McDaniels are still looking for the right man though and it seems like they are going to take a new tight end in the early stages of this years draft.
According to the Boston Herald, the Pats have met with and interviewed four tight ends already at the combine and they all look set to go in the first or second round when draft times comes in May.
During their first day in Indianapolis, the Patriots have met with Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro, Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz and Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas for interviews.
The best tight end available in the draft, Eric Ebron, has not been interviewed by New England as they expect him to have been taken already when the Pats time is on the clock. Ebron is a step above the rest of the guys available and has been widely expected to go to the New York Jets who hold the 18th pick this year.
Whilst merely speaking to players doesn't indicate that they will be taken, teams interview a lot of players they have intentions of drafting at all, but the specificity of the position that New England are looking at gives some inkling of what they want in May.