Written By: Adam Poedubicky
Since Tim Tebow was at the helm for the Florida Gators, it’s easy to see how the others in the offense could get overlooked. Everyone knows that it was a dynamic spread offense with some of the greatest athletes in college football today, but ultimately the offense went around Tebow. However, Tebow wasn’t the best passer in college, and his playmakers did most of the work for him. And one of his most effective weapons is a local product ready to make a splash in the NFL: Aaron Hernandez.
Aaron Hernandez hails from Bristol, Connecticut. In terms of sports, Hernandez is the best thing out of Bristol since, well, ESPN. When it comes to NFL players hailing from Connecticut, there’s really only one that rings a bell, and it’s Dwight Freeney. Expect Hernandez to make the jump and hopefully put Connecticut high school football on the map.
Hernandez is a 6’3, 235 pound tight end that can line up on the end as a traditional tight end, split out wide like a Dallas Clark-type receiver, or in the H-Back position like a Chris Cooley. He led the Gators this past season with 68 catches to go along with 850 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was the security blanket that any quarterback looks for in a tight end. Once his average blocking improves, expect him to make an impact similar to Kellen Winslow Jr.
He could go as early as: Probably #21 Overall to the Bengals, who always seem to need a TE. This, however, would require a monster day at the combine.
He could go as late as: The third round seems like the worst-case scenario, but that would be if his 40 were in the 4.8’s.
He will probably go to: New England in the second round. The Patriots are well known for liking prospects out of Florida. They are also in the need of a replacement for Benjamin Watson, and playing in New England is about as close to playing at home as it can get for Hernandez.