Patriots Agree to Terms With 4th Round TE Aaron Hernandez

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports the New England Patriots have agreed to terms with fourth-round tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hernandez caught 111 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns during a 40-game career at the University of Florida. Hernandez led all tight ends with 68 receptions in 2009, earning first-team All-SEC and All-American honors.

Hernandez won the John Mackey Award last season, presented annually to the best tight end in college football.

The 6-2, 245-pound Hernandez is strong (30 reps on the bench press), does not offer much in terms of blocking, which along with a failed drug tests in college, lowered his draft stock. Hernandez is an exceptional athlete who the Patriots will use as their "move" tight end, lining up in the slot and using his size and speed to create mismatches with linebackers and safeties.

Hernandez is the fourth of New England's 12 picks in the 2010 NFL Draft to sign or agree to terms, joining third-round wide receiver Taylor Price, sixth-round center Ted Larsen, and seventh-round offensive tackle Thomas Welch.

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