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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas

03.11.14 at 12:54 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Troy Niklas had a solid junior season at Notre Dame before deciding to head to the NFL. (AP)

Troy Niklas had a breakout junior season at Notre Dame before deciding to head to the NFL. (AP)

TROY NIKLAS

Position: Tight end

School: Notre Dame

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 270 pounds

Achievements: 2013 FBS All-Independent first team

What he brings: Niklas is a tough, physical tight end who has excellent size for today’€™s NFL. He is known as an above-average blocker who was used in a variety of ways at Notre Dame. Niklas is limited in the passing game and still developing as a receiver. However, he has shown flashes of being a good receiver with above-average athleticism.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2

Notes: The 21-year-old Niklas, who heads to the NFL after his junior season, had 32 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. Before that, he only had five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, mostly due to being stuck behind current Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert. … Niklas’€™s uncle is Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews, who played 19 seasons for the Oilers/Titans franchise.

Related articles:

Inside the Irish: Troy Niklas heading to the NFL

Chicago Sun-Times: Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas, a former linebacker, excited about chance to replace Eifert

Video: Here are highlights of Niklas in action against Michigan this past season.

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