It's hard to imagine what New England would look like without the pair, but had fate been slightly tweaked, one or both of these men could be in Baltimore -- something that approached reality during the 2010 NFL Draft.
We'll never know if the Ravens would have taken the chance on Gronk. The Patriots, holding the 44th overall pick, traded up for the Oakland Raiders' 42nd selection -- hopscotching the Ravens, who sat at No. 43. Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasted no time in grabbing the tight end. One pick later, the Ravens selected linebacker Sergio Kindle.
Darlington: Fantastic Four
"They're probably the two best (tight ends)," Harbaugh told reporters Monday. "Their offense has weapons everywhere. It's the most explosive offensive in football right now. At least the most explosive offense left in the tournament."