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By PFW staff

The Patriots have signed fourth-round TE Aaron Hernandez, though terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hernandez was considered a possible second-round pick heading into this year’s draft after becoming QB Tim Tebow’s go-to receiver but fell to Round Four. There were questions about Hernandez’s admission of marijuana use following his father’s death and also about his blocking on the pro level.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that Hernandez has "outstanding open-field run vision to create additional yardage after the catch" but that he "lacks bulk and functional strength."

Hernandez is the fourth Patriots draft pick to sign, following OLs Ted Larsen and Thomas Welch and WR Taylor Price. The Patriots drafted 12 players in April.


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