2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Los Angeles Rams focus on linebacker first round
32. New England Patriots: T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa
Rightfully so, Rob Gronkowski made it clear after the Super Bowl that he wasn’t going to rush to a decision about his NFL future since the New England Patriots star tight end has been considering the possibility of retirement.
Between all of the brutal hits along with numerous injuries from over the years, it’s easy to understand why Gronkowski is weighing all of his options. And if Gronkowski were to call it a NFL career, the Patriots could look to address a replacement right away with the final pick in the first round.
With all due respect to the tight ends in the upcoming draft class, no one is going to be able to match the level of impact that Gronkowski has made throughout his career since his massive body size and strength is one of a kind.
Over the years, it’s been amazing to watch Gronkowski shred all sorts of defenders, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end at some point.
As for potential candidates to draft if Gronkowski does in fact decide to retire, Iowa has another effective tight end in T.J. Hockenson that could catch the eyes of the Super Bowl champions since he can not only be great at catching, but blocking as well.