Tight end names to know in the NFL Draft in a post-Gronk world


How do you replace a Hall of Famer? That's the situation the Patriots find themselves in after the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.

And it's more than just Gronk's departure. With Dwayne Allen leaving in free agency, the tight end position is going to look very different in New England during the 2019 season.

Matt LaCosse (27 career receptions) signed with the Patriots in free agency, but that won't be enough for Bill Belichick, who will almost certainly look to augment the team's depth by selecting at least one tight end in this year's draft.

Iowa teammates T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant head this year's class, while Belichick has already gotten an up-close look at Alabama product Irv Smith

Those three might be the headliners, but there are several intriguing prospects at the tight end position. Phil Perry breaks down names to know on each day of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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