The Boston Herald reports that the Patriots have come to terms with rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez on a four-year contract.
Though considered in some circles to be a borderline first-round talent, Hernandez fell all the way to round four (No. 113 overall) due to a torn muscle in his back and concern over multiple failed drug tests as a Florida Gator. Hernandez did pass his drug test at February’s Scouting Combine.
With the Patriots, Hernandez has the look of New England’s “move” tight end of the future, behind on-the-line tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski projects as an every-down player because he is a skilled blocker, but Hernandez may wind up with more production because of his catch-first role.
In a blog post last week, the Boston Globe predicted that Hernandez will play “a significant role as a rookie.”