With Aaron Hernandez wearing an orange jersey this year instead of the red, white and blue, the New England Patriots played 2013 without a true "Move" tight end. They will likely use a pick in the 2014 draft to rectify that situation.
Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina)
Ebron is the crown jewel at the move position this year. At 6'4" and 245 pounds, he isn't going to be asked to be like Rob Gronkowski and become an extra blocker on the line; he will be there to catch passes. Like Hernandez, Ebron is comfortable lining up in the slot, outside or inline when needed. His ability to pick up yardage after the catch would be a huge benefit to the Patriots offense.
Ebron's speed, agility, and elusiveness may push him out of the Patriots' range, as the team is not scheduled to pick until No. 29. With a good combine, he could even solidify himself as a top-15 pick.
Jace Amaro (TE, Texas Tech)
Amaro is bigger than Ebron—6'5" and 260 pounds—but he isn't a better blocker. He spent most of his time in the slot in college and will likely do the same in the NFL. He runs decent routes, sports good hands and is a bear to bring down after the catch.
Amaro could be available when the Patriots are on the clock in the first round.
Colt Lyerla (TE, Oregon)
Lyerla is the closest approximation to Hernandez in the 2014 NFL draft, both on and off the field. His tape is hard to argue with—he shows the hands, speed, strength, elusiveness, versatility and agility that will make NFL teams drool—but Jeff Risdon of DetroitLionsDraft.com wrote a piece that sheds some light on the package deal that you'd be getting with Lyerla:
When I probed for reasons why he would just up and quit the program, I got a similar story from just about everyone. They portrayed a naïve, self-absorbed man-child. The substance abuse issues, notably drinking, came up a lot. While described as soft-spoken as and “brighter than he comes off”, multiple sources noted a quick temper and difficulty making real friends. He was tired of dealing with Oregon’s attempts to control him. When it became clear that he wasn’t going to get his way, Lyerla hit the eject button.
Lyerla could be picked by an adventurous team as early as Day 2 of the draft, or he could go undrafted.