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 end James Develin Jerseys 2019 , and Mel Kiper gives it to them in his latest mock."The New England Patriots’ biggest need heading towards the draft is at the receiving skill positions, wideout and tight end — even more so with Rob Gronkowski no longer part of the equation. Naturally, all of the top tight end prospects will be linked to the Patriots over the next month either through meetings and workouts or via mock drafts. One of which was posted by ESPN’s Mel Kiper earlier today and it has, you guessed it, a tight end coming to New England:Because of his well-rounded skill set as both a blocker and a receiver as well as his positional versatility Infant Byron Cowart Jersey , Smith Jr. is one of the better tight end options entering the draft — arguably the number three behind Iowa’s outstanding duo of T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant, both players already off the board in Kiper’s draft by the time New England comes on the clock (Hockenson goes to Denver at #10, Fant to Green Bay at #30).While lacking the upside of the Iowa pair, Smith Jr. is still an intriguing prospect. The Alabama product, who registered 44 catches for 710 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2018 Byron Cowart Jersey Draft , could be a day-one impact player at the next level. “His athleticism, smooth routes and strong blocking skills should translate quickly into a versatile starting tight end,” writes The Draft Network’s Jon Ledyard about the 6’2, 240 lbs tight end.“While Smith may lack elite explosiveness, he still has the speed to win vertically as a flexed receiver while being one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft Byron Cowart NFL Jersey ,” he continued. Indeed, he would check many of the boxes New England wants its tight ends to check. And while he may lack the elite upside of a player like Fant or Hockenson — or Gronkowski, for that matter — , Smith Jr. would be a solid addition to the Patriots’ offense. The question is whether or not the team sees the end of the first round as the spot to invest in him.Week 2 Patriots vs Jaguars Wednesday injury report: Rex Burkhead misses practice with a concussion One of the most anticipated games of this NFL regular season will take place on the Sunday: the New England Patriots will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game. But while the Patriots are projected to be in better physical shape this time around, they still have some questions as a look at the team’s first practice report of the week shows:Did not participateTwo days after the Patriots placed Jeremy Hill on injured reserve with a torn ACL Byron Cowart NFL Draft , another one of their running backs is now dealing with an injury: Rex Burkhead, who was spotted during the media session of practice, was held out today because of a concussion. This development together with Hill’s season being over puts even more stress on New England’s offensive backfield – especially because of this:Limited participationSony Michel, who was inactive last week against the Houston Texans, is still limited in practice after originally hurting his knee in early August. Getting the first-round rookie back as soon as possible has to be high on the Patriots’ list of priorities considering that the position group is currently composed of two healthy players in James White and recent addition Kenjon Barner.The Patriots originally had Marcus Cannon and Nate Ebner listed as full participants Byron Cowart Buffalo Bills Jersey , but updated their injury report shortly afterwards. Still, both should still be expected to be good to go for Sunday’s game in Jacksonville.Full participation