- Mike Reiss, ESPN New England Patriots reporter
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few quick thoughts on the New England Patriots' sixth-round pick.
The pick: AJ Derby, tight end, Arkansas (202nd overall)
My take: The 6-foot-3¾, 251-pound Derby is an H-back type who aligns in various spots and has one year of experience at the position. His ability to create yardage after the catch is one thing that caught the eye of scouts. The Patriots are well stocked at tight end with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Michael Hoomanawanui and Tim Wright, and fullback James Develin also factors into that mix, so Derby faces a challenge to make the roster if everyone is healthy. But at this point in the draft, teams are looking at developmental prospects and it's clear that Derby has some things going for him.
Derby, from Arkansas, joins a team that's loaded at tight end, but has some developmental potential.