Aaron Hernandez becomes third Gator drafted by New England
Tight end Aaron Hernandez has been selected as the 113th pick by New England, becoming the third Gator taken by the Patriots in the 2010 NFL draft.
"It's obviously a dream come true,'' Hernandez said. "I'm from Connecticut. I grew up a Drew Bledsoe fan and my goal was to play for the Patriots. I still can't believe it's real.''
Hernandez finished his three-year Gator career with 111 receptions, the most by a tight end in school history.
"I don't think there's a better tight end in terms of running after the catch,'' ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said.
Hernandez joins former teammates Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes, who were drafted by the Patriots in the second round on Friday. Many believed Hernandez had been predicted to go as early as the second round in some mock drafts, but wasn't selected until Saturday morning's fourth round.
"He won't block,'' ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. "But as a pass catcher, he has speed, hands and athleticism.''