Patriots' 2014 NFL Draft All About the 'Y' Tight End

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Patriots' 2014 NFL Draft All About the 'Y' Tight End
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The Patriots need to draft some insurance for Rob Gronkowski this offseason.

If there is one position that the New England Patriots truly need to address in the 2014 NFL draft, the "Y" tight end position—think Rob Gronkowski not Aaron Hernandez—stands out from the rest.

Other than Gronkowski, D.J. Williams—who hardly saw the field in 2013—is the only tight end on the current roster. Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan are both free agents.

After the "Move" tight ends go off the board—Eric Ebron and Jace Amaro—there will be a run on the "Y" tight ends. The competition between the top three will be fierce.

Here are how Troy Niklas (TE, Notre Dame), C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE, Iowa) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE, Washington) stack up against each other in four categories: size, speed, blocking and receiving.

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