By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Finally, tight end help is on the way for the Patriots. They traded up to the 91st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and selected tight end Devin Asiasi out of UCLA.
Asiasi started all 12 games for the west-coast Bruins and logged career-highs with 44 catches and 641 yards to go with four touchdowns. He also made at least 13 catches of 20-plus yards. He earned an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by conference coaches.
Projected as a playmaking receiving tight end at the NFL level, Asiasi is described at NFL.com as “a threat in the seam” whose “athleticism and speed really stand out in space”. It also says his blocking technique needs work in a variety of areas, but the effort is there. If he’s willing to do what Bill Belichick tells him to do and not do, that’s a great start.
Most importantly, Belichick addressed the tight end in the first place. We all love to pretend to know who’s going to be good and bad in the draft every year. The truth is nobody knows what Asiasi will be in the NFL. But the Patriots desperately needed to add upside to this particular position, and to do it in the first place is a good step for the Patriots to take.
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