The New England Patriots spent their first three picks in the 2020 NFL Draft on the defensive side of the ball. Then, they filled one of their biggest offensive needs by adding tight end Devin Asiasi to the fold.
But they weren't done at the position. And the Patriots decided to trade back into the third round, getting the 101st overall pick from the New York Jets. And with that pick, they took Virginia Tech tight end Dalton Keene.
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Keene caught just 21 passes last year but turned them into 240 yards and five touchdowns. He was a player who made the cut in Phil Perry's Prototypical Patriots at the position, and here's what Perry said about Keene's skill set.
Once you get beyond the incredible mustache, you'll see someone who checks just about every box the Patriots have preferred at this position. His height, weight, hand size (9.75 inches), 4.71-second 40, 7.07-second three-cone, 125-inch broad jump and 34-inch vertical are all right there. His 4.19-second short shuttle (90th percentile) was remarkable. And his attitude is tailor made for New England. He's versatile, aligning as an inline tight end, a fullback, in the slot and as an H-back in college. He's a relentless blocker. And he's a pain to get on the ground (nine broken tackles on 59 catches, per Pro Football Focus).
Keene should help provide the Patriots with more young depth on offense and will give the team another weapon at tight end, something they were sorely lacking last year. It will be interesting to see how Bill Belichick and Co. deploy both Keene and Asiasi, but they should be upgrades over what the team had last year.
The Patriots made five picks on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. And they are set to have another six on Saturday during Day 3. They'll undoubtedly continue to look for ways to improve their roster and may continue to focus on offense given their needs at receiver and quarterback.
Patriots double up at tight end, select Dalton Keene with 101st pick originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston