When former Virginia Tech tight finish Dalton Keene introduced he was forgoing his remaining season of eligibility and coming into the 2020 NFL Draft again in January, some had their doubts about Keene.
There have been some who believed Keene could be greatest served to return to Blacksburg for his remaining season. Whereas others puzzled how a lot his inventory would enhance.
The true reply was Keene in all probability realized he wouldn’t be adequately featured in Virginia Tech’s offense and determined to go forward and put his title into the NFL Draft.
It was the suitable transfer.
Keene was a third-round choose by the New England Patriots in final month’s draft.
New England desperately wanted tight ends after struggling in 2019 within the first 12 months of the post-Rob Gronkowski period. So, legendary head coach, Invoice Belichick, doubled up on tight ends within the third spherical with Devin Asiasi and Keene going 10 picks aside.
Sadly for the rookie tight ends, they received’t have Tom Brady in 2020.
Anticipate Keene to be a Belichick favourite. Keene is extraordinarily versatile and might serve a lot of roles for Josh McDaniels and New England’s offense. He may even possible present Hokie followers how underutilized Keene was in Blacksburg.
We already knew that, proper?
Now, Keene has formally signed his contract.
The Patriots and third-round TE Dalton Keene have agreed to phrases on his rookie contract, per supply. That leaves simply prime choose S Kyle Dugger to signal from their 10-man draft class.
— Subject Yates (@FieldYates) May 11, 2020
Unofficially, Keene’s contract is anticipated to be a four-year deal price a complete of $4.5 million over the lifetime of the contract, per Over The Cap. Keene’s on the books for a cap hit of simply over $818Ok in 2020.