Aaron Hernandez has exceeded expectations as far as fourth-round draft picks are concerned.
Since the Florida Gator joined the Patriots in 2010, he's accumulated 124 catches for 1,473 yards and 13 touchdowns. Not to mention, Hernandez has rushed the ball eight times for 92 yards.
Pro Football Focus projects Hernandez to be the fifth-most statistically productive tight end in 2012. In addition, FoxSports.com ranks the Bristol, Connecticut, native as the 98th-best player in the NFL.
Aside from playing tight end, the 6'1", 245-pound target can set up in the slot, at H-back, fullback and even halfback—making him one of the most unique players at his position.
Coach Belichick spoke fondly of Hernandez's versatility, per Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union:
“He can do a lot of different things from a skill standpoint,” Coach Bill Belichick said. “He has the mental flexibility to have a lot of different assignments. When you put that all together, you have good versatility.’’
Hernandez is only 22 years old and has already become a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.