The New England Patriots don't fool around.
They are all about winning and will work harder than anyone else to make sure those objectives are met. These elite levels of dedication and preparation are among the reasons why the Patriots have enjoiyed an unprecedented run of success for the last 20 years, which includes six Super Bowl championships.
This worth ethic was not lost on LSU tight end Stephen Sullivan, who admitted to being "kinda scared" meeting with the Patriots at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week.
LSU TE Stephen Sullivan said a #Patriots scout told him the Pats "work 10 times harder than everybody else."
Sullivan added he was "kinda scared" meeting with the scout. Why?
"Coach Belichick ain't no joke." pic.twitter.com/uWOgGvBT0g
— Andrew Callahan (@_AndrewCallahan) February 25, 2020
Tight end is among the primary needs for the Patriots, and Sullivan is one of the top 10 players at the position in this draft class.
Sullivan tallied 12 receptions for 130 yards in six games for the undefeated and national champion Tigers last season. He also impressed at the combine by running the second-fastest 40 time of all the tight ends.
Top 5 official 40-yard dash times among 2020 #NFLCombine tight ends:
1) Albert Okwuegbunam, @MizzouFootball, 4.49
T-2) Brycen Hopkins, @BoilerFootball, 4.66
T-2) Stephen Sullivan, @LSUfootball, 4.66
4) Cole Kmet, @NDFootball, 4.70
5) Dalton Keene, @HokiesFB, 4.71
— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 27, 2020
Sullivan's speed and size (6-foot-5 and 248 pounds) make him an intriguing target for teams in need of a tight end. He's likely to be drafted on Day 3, which is when rounds four through seven take place.
He's not the only tight end who the Patriots made an impression on this week. Vanderbilt tight end Jared Pinkney revealed the Patriots said one of his answers in an interview with the team was a "loser's mentality."
Whether it's Sullivan, Pinkney or someone else, it wouldn't be surprising if the Patriots select at least one tight end in April's draft. They need much better offensive production from their tight ends than what they received in the 2019 season.
LSU tight end admits to being 'kinda scared' in meeting with Patriots originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston