The Texans made a couple of minor moves at TE on Thursday, releasing Darren Fells and trading a 7th-round pick to New England for Ryan Izzo. Fells ranked 8th on the team and 2nd among TEs with 28 targets last season. He'll turn 35 in April and is on his last legs. Izzo totaled just 19 catches for the Patriots over the past 2 years -- although he did average a big 16.5 yards per. TE Jordan Akins looks set to enter 2021 as Houston's clear-cut starter, unless the team makes a more significant move at the position.
The Patriots made UCLA’s Devin Asiasi the 2nd TE off the board, moving up to take him with the 91st overall pick. Asiasi started his college career at Michigan before transferring to UCLA after his freshman season. He caught just 6 balls in his 1st year with the Bruins before breaking out for 44 receptions, 641 yards and 4 scores this past year. Asiasi averaged a big 14.6 yards per catch and ranked top 6 among 18 of the class’ best TE prospects in both yards per route run and Pro Football Focus receiving grade. The 6’3, 257-pounder is tough to tackle and is also considered a solid blocker. Asiasi joins a wide-open TE corps in New England alongside Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo. We wouldn’t bank on a major 2020 fantasy impact, but Asiasi is an intriguing dynasty stash.