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Rob Gronkowski replacement with Hall of Fame bloodlines? LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, Randy’s son, declares for NFL Draft

Rob Gronkowski replacement with Hall of Fame bloodlines? LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, Randy’s son, declares for NFL Draft

The Patriots never really filled the void left behind by Rob Gronkowski’s retirement last offseason. But by the time the draft rolls around in April, they’ll have an opportunity to replace one Hall of Famer with the son of another.

Fresh off two touchdowns for LSU in the National Championship Game earlier this week, tight end Thaddeus Moss — Randy’s son — has declared for the NFL Draft. 

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“I have loved being a part of something as legendary as this 2019-2020 football team,” Moss said in a statement. “I believe that God is presenting me with an alternative path.”

Moss, a junior, caught 47 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns this season. He scored three times — catching nine passes for 135 yards — in the LSU’s semifinal and final games en route to a national title.

The Patriots have two tight ends under contract for 2020, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo, and addressing the position figures to be one of the team’s priorities this offseason. 

Moss, 6-foot-3, 249 pounds, isn’t considered one of the top options at the position in this year’s draft class, but that could change as the pre-draft process plays out. He only has two seasons of college football under his belt, having played sparingly at North Carolina State in 2016. Transferring to LSU the following year, he had to sit out due to NCAA rules. He was then red-shirted by the Tigers, making the 2019 action he saw his first in three years. 

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The Patriots might have some more in-depth scouting information on Moss than other teams as his father played for Bill Belichick from 2007-10. Moss was traded in the middle of the 2010 season, but he and Belichick seem to have maintained a good relationship given their interactions when they appeared together on-set for the NFL Network’s All-Time Team special that aired this season. Belichick has called Moss one of the smartest players he’s ever coached. 

Experts have pegged Notre Dame underclassman Cole Kmet, who recently announced he was going pro, as the draft’s top tight end and a first-round possibility for New England. 

Twitter couldn't resist comparing LSU QB Joe Burrow to Patriots' Tom Brady

Twitter couldn't resist comparing LSU QB Joe Burrow to Patriots' Tom Brady

If you checked out Twitter during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game between LSU and Clemson, you probably saw quite a few tweets comparing Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The LSU quarterback led the Tigers to a national title with a 42-25 win in New Orleans on Monday night. Burrow threw for 463 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions. It was a fitting way for his historic 2019 season to end.

Burrow will be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft unless the Cincinnati Bengals, who own the top pick, decide to go in a different direction. Given the Bengals' need for a franchise quarterback, Burrow is the perfect player to rebuild their team around. Burrow isn't just the consensus No. 1 pick, he's also receiving plenty of Brady comparisons. Whether it's his throwing accuracy, calmness under pressure or remarkable ability to win games, the LSU quarterback has been compared to Brady more than any other college football player in recent memory.

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Brady is the best QB in NFL history and likely the best player (regardless of position) in pro football history. He's won a record six Super Bowl titles and owns many records. It's ridiculous to compare any college player to Brady, but in fairness, Burrow really is a special talent. These comparisons aren't new, either. Burrow had been compared to Brady throughout the season.

Here's a roundup of notable comparisons of Burrow and Brady from Monday night's national title game.


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Joe Burrow's record-breaking season for LSU has fitting Tom Brady connection

Joe Burrow's record-breaking season for LSU has fitting Tom Brady connection

There's always a Tom Brady connection, folks.

Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes Monday night to help LSU defeat Clemson, 42-25, in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

That gave Burrow 60 touchdown passes on the season, breaking Colt Brennan's single-season TD pass record of 58. Burrow's record-breaking strike came to LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, the son of NFL legend Randy Moss.

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... And that's where Brady comes in.

Brady set the NFL's single-season passing touchdowns record in Week 17 of the New England Patriots' undefeated 2007 regular season, when he threw a 65-yard bomb to none other than Randy Moss for his 50th passing TD.

 

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Thaddeus finished with five catches for 36 yards and scored two touchdowns, much to the delight of his father Randy, who was at Mercedez-Benz Superdome decked out in LSU gear.

Thaddeus also accomplished something his father never could by winning a championship, as Randy's 2007 Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

Coincidentally, Randy also lost a Super Bowl with the 2012 San Francisco 49ers at that same Superdome, making LSU's win Monday that much sweeter for the Moss clan.

"It's crazy how everything comes full circle," Thaddeus said after the game, via ESPN.com. "That was his last football game, he lost the Super Bowl here, and I was able to win a national championship here and have a big game."