The defensive line and linebacker corps seems to be getting the lion’s share of attention this 2011 NFL Draft season, both from fans and the Patriots’ scouting staff. Three more defenders were either worked out or scheduled an official visit with New England.
Marvin Austin (DL, North Carolina) will make an official visit to Foxboro, according to the Chicago Tribune. Austin missed the entire 2010 NCAA season due to an eligibility issue, but made his mark with a great Shrine Game and NFL Combine.
Two of Brooks Reed’s teammates, D’Aundre Reed and Ricky Elmore, also were privately worked out by the Patriots – according to a report by Christopher Price.
Reed and Elmore both played defensive end for the Wildcats, but may project better as outside linebackers in the Patriots’ 3-4 defensive system.
Elmore is a bit stiff for the position in our opinion, but Reed really impressed us on tape in 2010 – even as a backup. As a late-round sub-package guy, Reed could really be a steal.
For more on private workouts and official visits, feel free to peruse our 2011 Patriots Draft Contacts page.