FOXBOROUGH, MA - Going into day three, the Patriots were still looking for another tight end to add depth behind starters Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. Instead of drafting a college prospect, the team completed a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire what appears to be now the Patriots number three tight end in James O'Shaughnessy.
O'Shaughnessy, a 2015 fifth round draft pick from Illinois State University, played all 16 games in 2016 for the Chiefs. He even started three games alongside star tight end Travis Kelce. While he only had two receptions all season, O'Shaughnessy led all NFL tight ends in 2016 with eight special teams tackles, which along with his run blocking, is what he will likely contribute most to the Patriots. In college, O'Shaughnessy finished his college career in 2014 with 29 receptions for 511 yards and nine touchdowns.
O'Shaughnessy looks to be in strong consideration for the Patriots number three tight end spot on their roster, which he will likely compete with Michael Williams, Matt Lengel and Rob Housler for. With this trade, it is unlikely the Patriots take a tight end unless in the late rounds or as an undrafted free agent. And with this trade, the Patriots now have a fourth round pick (131st overall), sixth round (216th overall) and seventh round pick (239th overall).
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