Patriots make it a trifecta of Gators, add TE Aaron Hernandez in fourth round of 2010 NFL Draft

By Adam Silverstein
April 24, 2010

Round 4 – No. 113
Aaron Hernandez, TE
New England Patriots

Height: 6’2″ – Weight: 245 lbs.
Age: 20 – Class: Junior

Almost a full day and dozens of picks after he expected to be drafted, former Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez was grabbed by the New England Patriots with the No. 113 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

The eighth Gators player selected in the draft and the third taken by the Patriots alone, Hernandez (the team’s leading receiver in 2009) is believed to have slipped due to concerns both about his blocking and (more importantly) his character.

Hernandez won the John Mackey Award (nation’s top tight end) in 2009, leading all at his position in receptions (68) and receiving yards (850). He was nearly a unanimous first-team All-American, earning recognition from the Associated Press and Sporting News while also garnering unanimous first-team All-SEC honors.

Hernandez joins defensive end Jermaine Cunningham and linebacker Brandon Spikes as former Florida student-athletes drafted by New England this weekend. He is also the second tight end selected by the Patriots, following Iowa’s Rob Gronkowski who was taken back in the second round.


  1. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Did anyone ever find out what the character issues are with AH?

  2. Wingtee says:

    Like when did professional sports worry about a players character?I doubt that had anything to do with it. AH is the best TE ever at UF.ithink however the”tweener ” label was thrown out there

  3. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    I can see the tweener label and concern but two different articles posted scouts claiming off the field issues and I never saw any clarification around that.

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