The New England Patriots currently have a massive hole at tight end after Rob Gronkowski decided to retire from the NFL on Sunday.
The Patriots' top two tight ends from last season, Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen (released before free agency), are gone. The question now is how will the Patriots add enough talent and depth at this position going into the 2019 campaign.
Next month's 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville seems like the best place to start, and one of the top tight end prospects in this year's class, Alabama's Irv Smith Jr., hinted at a potential spot on the Patriots with the following tweet from Sunday night.
Who wouldn't want to catch passes from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady?
Smith has been projected as a late first-round pick and someone who could be of interest to the Patriots at No. 32 overall. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick attended Alabama's pro day last week, which is where the photo in the tweet above comes from.
Smith tallied 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior for the Crimson Tide last season.
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