NFL rumors: Patriots host tight end Jace Sternberger for pre-draft visit

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The New England Patriots are expected to pursue at least one tight end in the 2019 NFL Draft later this month, and they hosted one of the best prospects at the position for a pre-draft visit Monday.

Here's the latest on Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger's meeting with the Patriots, per NFL Media's Mike Giardi.

ESPN's Mike Reiss reported "the Patriots are one of nine teams (Sternberger is) scheduled to visit."

Sternberger tallied 48 receptions for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games for the Aggies in 2018. 

The top-ranked tight ends on most draft boards are Iowa duo T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant, and those two are usually followed by Sternberger and Alabama's Irv Smith Jr. in some order.

The Patriots have lost veteran tight ends Rob Gronkowski (retirement) and Dwayne Allen (released before free agency) since winning Super Bowl LIII over the Los Angeles Rams in February. They signed tight end/fullback Jakob Johnson out of the German Football League on Monday, but he's likely a longshot to make the 53-man roster.

Tight end arguably is the position that needs the most attention during the draft for New England, so it's no surprise that Sternberger is visiting with the team. He'd be a solid fit in the Patriots offense.

The Patriots have 12 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, including six in the first three rounds.

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