2015 Patriots Draft Contacts

The Patriots have had Pre-Draft Contact with the following 2015 NFL Draft Prospects:

PW – Private Workout
PDW – Pro Day Workout
OV – Official Visit
CI – Combine Interview
U – Unconfirmed Contact (Interview, Workout, Etc…)

Quarterbacks

Running Backs
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn (PW)
Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana (U)
Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina (OV)
Michael Dyer, RB, Louisville (CI)
Jalston Fowler, FB, Alabama (PW)
Corey Grant, RB, Auburn (PW)
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia (OV)
Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU (CI)
Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State (CI)

Wide Receivers
Nelson Agholor, WR, USC (PW)
Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn (PW)
Chris Conley, WR, Georgia (PW)
Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke (PW)
Geremy Davis, WR, UCONN (PW)
Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (PW)
Devin Gardner, WR, Michigan (PW)
John Harris, WR, Texas (PW)
Jimmie Hunt, WR, Missouri (PW)
Malcolm Kennedy, WR, Texas A&M (PW)
Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Arkansas (CI)
Tony Lippitt, WR, Michigan State (U)
Deon Long, WR, Maryland (PW)
Tre’ McBride, WR, William & Mary (PW)
DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville (OV)
Shakim Phillips, WR, Boston College (PW)
Tyrell Williams, WR, Western Oregon (PW)

Tight Ends
Cameron Clear, TE, Texas A&M (PW)
A.J. Derby, TE, Arkanasas (OV)
Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State (CI)
Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers (CI)
Nick O’Leary, TE, Florida State (CI, PW)
Jean Sifrin, TE, UMass (CI)
Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota (CI)

Offensive Line
David Andrews, OC, Georgia (PW)
Jamon Brown, OG, Louisville (CI)
Takoby Cofield, OT, Duke (CI)
Jamil Douglas, OG, Arizona State (CI)
Nick Easton, OG/OC, Harvard (PW)
Tre’ Jackson, OG, Florida State (CI)
Terrence Jones, OG, Troy (PW)
Bobby Hart, OT/OG, Florida State (CI)
Shaq Mason, OG/OC, Georgia Tech (PW)
Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart (CI)
Jeremiah Poutasi, OL, Utah (PW)
Junior Salt, OL, Utah (U)
Brandon Scherff, OT/OG, Iowa (CI)
Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke (CI)
Cody Wichmann, OL, Fresno State (PW)
Torrian Wilson, OL, Central Florida (PW)

Defensive Line
Travaris Barnes, DT, Clemson (PW)
Angelo Blackson, DL, Auburn (PW)
Malcom Brown, DT, Texas (CI)
Corey Crawford, DE, Clemson (PW)
Xzavier Dickson, DE/OLB, Alabama (OV)
Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky (CI)
Mario Edwards Jr., DE/DT, Florida State (OV)
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State (PW)
Eli Harold, DE/OLB, Virginia (CI)
Martin Ifedi, DE, Memphis (CI)
David Irving, DT, Iowa State (PW)
Hau’oli Kikaha, DE/OLB, Washington (CI)
Darius Kilgo, DT, Maryland (OV)
B.J. McBryde, DT, UConn (PW)
Joey Mbu, DT, Houston (CI)
Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DL, UCLA (CI)
David Parry, NT, Stanford (U)
Deon Simon, DT, Northwestern St. (PW)
Gabe Wright, DL, Auburn (PW)

Linebackers
Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson (PW)
Neiron Bell, LB, Florida (OV)
Reshard Cliett, LB, South Florida (PW)
Paul Dawson, LB, TCU (PW)
Tavarus Dantzler, LB, Bethune-Cookman (PW)
Geneo Grissom, LB, Oklahoma (OV)
Neville Hewitt, LB, Marshall (PW)
Jeff Luc, ILB, Cincinnati (OV)
David Mayo, LB, Texas State (PW)
Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami(FL) (PW)
Tony Steward, LB, Clemson (PW)
Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington (CI)
Matt Wells, OLB, Mississippi State (OV)

Cornerbacks
Justin Coleman, CB, Tennessee (PW)
Chris Dunkley, CB, USF (OV)
Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest (PW)
Jacoby Glenn, CB, UCF (PW)
Bobby McCain, CB, Memphis (PW)
Davion Orphey, CB, Utah (PW)
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington (CI)
Cody Riggs, CB, Notre Dame (PW)
Curtis Riley, CB, Fresno State (PW)
Darryl Roberts, CB, Marshall (PW)
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah (PW)
JaCorey Shepherd, CB, Kansas (PW)
Cam Thomas, CB, Western Kentucky (PW)
Tray Walker, CB, Texas Southern (PW)
Julian Wilson, CB, Oklahoma (PW)

Safeties
Donald “D.C.” Celiscar, DB, Central Michigan
Landon Collins, SAF, Alabama (CI)
Kurtis Drummond, SAF, Michigan State (PW)
Ronald Martin, SAF, LSU (PW)
Nick Perry, SAF, Alabama (PW)
Damarious Randall, SAF, Arizona State (OV)
Jordan Richards, SAF, Stanford (PW)
Jaquiski Tartt, SAF, Samford (PW)
Cedric Thompson, SAF, Minnesota (PW)

Specialists
Kyle Brindza, PK, Notre Dame (CI)
Joe Cardona, LS, Navy (PW, Dinner with Belichick)

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88 Responses to “2015 Patriots Draft Contacts”

  1. scout says:

    Deshawn Dinwiddie and Deveon Dinwiddie (brothers standout!!)

  2. J H TARBORO says:

    UDFAs list #1 (list#2 after all pro days)
    FB/RB Tyler Varga- Yale 5’10 227 ( Senior Bowl )
    RB Dominique Brown- Louisville 6’2 234 ( E/W Shrine )
    RB Terrell Watson- Azusa Pacific
    RB/WR/KR/OW Venric Mark- Northwestern-W.Tex.A&M
    WR Mario Alford-WVU (NFLPA bowl )
    WR De Andre Carter- Sacramento St. ( NFLPA bowl )
    TE Cameron Clear- Texas A&M (NFLPA bowl ) Blocking TE
    TE Brian Vogler- Alabama (NFLPA bowl ) Blocking TE
    T/OG Terrence Jones- Troy (Medal of Honor bowl )
    OG Matt Rotheram- Pitt (Medal of Honor bowl )
    DT Terry Williams- E.Carolina (Medal of Honor bowl )
    DT Kristjan Sokoli-Buffalo (Medal of Honor bowl )
    DE Alfy Hill- Winston-Salem St. (Medal of Honor bowl )
    DE Deron Bruce-Ottawa (Denver regional combine )
    LB Norkeithus Otis- North Carolina
    LB Brett Shannon- Butler (Denver regional combine )
    LB Deshawn Dinwiddie- Emporia St.
    CB Tray Walker- Tx.Southern 6’3 195
    CB Randy Harvey- Florida Intl.
    CB Jonathan Mincy- Auburn
    S Tevin Carter- Utah
    S Jonathon Rollins- W.Illinois (regional combine )

    • J H TARBORO says:

      List #1 con’t small schol prospects
      WR Spencer Kulcsar- U. of Penn. (Baltimore regional standout)
      RB Jawon Chisholm- Akron (Baltimore regional standout)
      CB Cleshawn Page- Boise St.
      LB Isaiah Fleming**- Cheyney Univ. (Baltimore regional standout) Fleming led the country in tackles in ’13 and was 2nd in solo tackles in the same year in Div.2. He plays angry, fast and arrives violent. The Patriots should really take a look at this kid.
      CB LJ Stroman- UNCP (Baltimore regional standout) Good special teamer.
      S Andre Rawls**- Virginia St. Univ. (Baltimore regional standout) Another kid that the Patriots should look at.
      ILB Aaron Roane- Richmond (Baltimore regional standout)
      WR Troy Torrence- U. of St.Francis Xaivier ( Chicago regional standout)
      WR Cass White- Humbolt St. Univ. ( Chicago regional standout)
      CB Deveon Dinwiddie- Emporia St. ( Chicago regional standout)
      Youtube has video of every athlete shown, and everything was well researched.

  3. Romain says:

    You can add RB Jay Ajayi from Boise State to the list, he confirmed an interview with the Pats on the radio (ESPN Boise) !

  4. Herbie says:

    I like Andrus Peat, a good OL. Protecting Brady is key.

  5. hdpaulie says:

    Am I just trying too hard to figure out bb or would it actually make any sense to work the board to draft matias and jackson to give us an all fsu interior ol ? After all, it takes time for ol to gel and these guys already have experience together and won a national championship. Both players are ranked in the top 5 at their position and it fills an obvious need. Sounds plausible to me. Any thoughts ?

    • J H TARBORO says:

      hdpaulie
      It maybe about his draft philosophy, if go to Patriots.com and look at the roster, you’ll notice several guys from the same school, namely Rutgers, Mississippi, etc. It might be a team building strategy and helping new guys feel comfortable which is a smart thing to do. In the case of Florida St., we drafted B.Stork, and J.Halapio last year, Halapio didn’t work out but i’m quite sure the Patriots got info from Stork about his former teamates.

      • acm says:

        Halapio came out of Florida, not Florida State.

        • Jack T says:

          I used to assume BB assessed players by the same biometrics as E1 else, but by now he’s shown most of us he rates intangibles like intelligence, performance under pressure, teachability, personal values and egocentrism as high or higher than straight physical attributes. It may also explain the remarkable success the Pats have had in finding gems in free agency. Caserio’s obviously on the same page as BB, and if Nick’s as thorough as I think he is, I’ll bet he’s interviewed and evaluated thousands of college and pro players over the course of a season.

          I’m guessing the Pats go back to the same schools it’s because they trust the intangible information they’re getting from that school’s coaches. That said, look for more surprise picks, like players from Grambling U in Louisiana whose new coach, Broderick Fobbs, just took them from 2-22 to 7-5 in his first season.

        • J H TARBORO says:

          Thank you, i appreciate the correction.

    • acm says:

      It’s tempting to try to find a pattern like that but I think that may be deceiving as ultimately it’s the talent level of prospects and how they project to the NFL level that seems to have the most impact. If those factors are very, very close when evaluating two diff prospects, then familiarity of one of them with a player on the Patriots squad may well come into play but otherwise, I think we’d be reaching here.

      Pats may well end up drafting another FSU OL-man but that would have more to do with BB’s estimation of Rick Trickett (their OL coach), who for many is the Dante S of college football. That is, a coach as good as him is likely to have lured better OL talent to FSU and prospects coming out of there would be better trained and more NFL ready too.

      Something similar happened with that whole Rutgers invasion of Foxboro not long ago – BB knew very well Schiano and his coaching methods (using NFL-like defensive schemes). Of course familiarity between DMac, Ryan and Harmon didn’t hurt but I think it was all those other factors – Schiano, player talent level, discipline, NFL-secondary ready, etc, etc – that triggered that RU poaching expedition. And DMac panning out so nicely in BB’s scheme didn’t hurt either. Had he turned out to be just an average player, I very much doubt BB would have gone for two other Rutgers DB prospects.

  6. hdpaulie says:

    Am I just trying too hard to figure out bb or would it actually make any sense to work the board to draft matias and jackson to give us an all fsu interior ol ? After all, it takes time for ol to gel and these guys already have experience together and won a national championship. Both players are ranked in the top 5 at their position and it fills an obvious need. Sounds plausible to me. Any thoughts ?

  7. J H TARBORO says:

    Here in New England today, there’s is a lot rumor and speculation about WR Percy Harvin becoming a Patriot, if cut by the Jets. It’s not ironic that this has come up 2 wks. before free agency began, and the relationship between Bill Belichick and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer who coached the Florida Gators. ie;( Tim Tebow,Aaron Hernandez,Brandon Spikes,Jeff Demps, The Pouncey brothers, and Percy Harvin.

    • Jack T says:

      JH, it looked like Harvin played hurt last season. If you watch his tapes he had a slight hitch in his gait.

  8. GM-in-Training says:

    If you’re thinking about TE, here is a fairly cool statistical averaging of combine participants by position. http://rotoviz.com/2015/02/good-3-cone-time-your-guide-to-nfl-combine-drills/

    The insightful part is that it points to 3 superstar TE and shows how their 3-cone times are better than the average CB while having a 40# weight advantage and viola, production.

    Does anybody know why there are no TE 3-cone numbers released for the 2015 Combine?

  9. Jack T says:

    Love the speculation and analysis by the writers and the board. E1 here’s pretty tuned into this draft and it’s the reason I have to make NEPD.com my first stop. The karma is strong for this draft class. There are an abundance of good to great players at positions of need. Especially some NE type players with flexibility and smarts too.

    Hopefully the Pats FO won’t out-think themselves this year. I know it’s part of their M.O. I’ll be the first to criticize them if they screw up but I also love that about them. For every Tavon Wilson there’s a Logan Mankins, and Caserio showed us he’s been there to backstop BB’s all-in moves. Nick def knows how to pan for gold in the FA market so this year it will be less traumatic to bear witness to BB’s occasional reaches, plus there’s no shortage of picks this year. Can’t wait to see what surprises the Pats have in store for us.

    That said, I think they start with addressing the needs of one or both O and D lines. Bolstering one or the other would be a huge plus going into training camp and it might be the best strategy with all the combine hype revolving around rookie WRs and secondary defensive players. Picking last, whichever way they go will most likely be decided by the rising tide, so it’s kind of futile to try to anticipate. That has never stopped us before though so with that said,

    “Picking 7th the New England Patriots select… Danny Shelton, Washington.”

    7th? One trade with the Titans for a Pats defensive player currently under contract and another trade with the Raiders for the Pats’ eighth and 64th in exchange for their 7th pick.

    If the Raiders decline the Pats take Brandon Scherff. It’s nice to dream.

    • Jack T says:

      Oh boy, I screwed that up. No I don’t drink. Planted the seeds then stepped on the shoots, lol.

    • steve earle says:

      Yea, well wow! Okay I’ll bite, who is the one player on our D roster we trade to Tenn?

      • Jim R says:

        Ayers…..ha ha ha

        • Another Ryan says:

          Jim, Ayers is going to be a free agent come March 10 if they don’t get him a contract. Also, I really like the Shelton pick because I feel like he could replace Wilfork, but he’ll be gone so early that there’s not even a chance. I think someone like Laken Tomlinson or AJ Cann will be the first pick. My best guess is:
          1. Tomlinson/Cann
          2. Either another guard (maybe Marpet) or a WR (I really like Nelson Agholor)
          3. OLine/RB
          4a.DLine/RB
          4b. Whichever didn’t get picked before
          6. WR
          7. Some ST guy or camp body.

      • Jack T says:

        Chandler Jones. Shades of the Seymour trade. They did say big changes were coming.

  10. GM-in-Training says:

    One drafting theory that I think is subscribed to in Foxboro is look at whatever there is an excess of in a particular draft and draft that later, since there should still be good candidates in later rounds. Supposedly this year is strong in WR and maybe DL. It’s weak in QB, Safety, maybe running back. How does that affect your Mock strategy?

    • Markus says:

      Not at all because we need neither a S nor a QB (assuming McCourty stays, of course). RB isn’t really necessary either although I really like David Johnson.
      However, it could impact possible trades when teams are n need of a QB or S and BB is going to exploit that.

    • Jeff says:

      That’s true, but if enough other teams also use that perspective, it could lead the Patriots to buck the trend. For example, if teams think that there will be plenty of good DEs available in the second round, causing some high-end DE’s to tumble a bit in the first round, I could see the Patriots happy to pounce on the opportunity to grab value where they can.

  11. qwerty says:

    If Patriots get Shaq, they will finally have a rim protector

  12. Jose Marques says:

    1 ROUND: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
    2 ROUND: Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
    3 ROUND: Nick O’Leary, TE, Florida State
    3 ROUND: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri
    4 ROUND: Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State
    4 ROUND: Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart
    6 ROUND: Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU
    7 ROUND: Michael Burton FB/ST Rutgers

  13. VanCityPats says:

    If we could get Landon Collins…that would definitely cement a hard hitting safety in the backfield. However I doubt we will get him.
    But to be honest, I do hope that the Patriots look at some taller CBs either through the draft or through Free Agency. Seahawks kind of exposed the lack of height against us in the Superbowl. I mean Browner is the only CB on the Patriots over 6ft.

    • Vt Bill says:

      Maybe what was exposed was our lack of rush pressure. We need a more dynamic rush than taller CB’s. That may be from the interior, as BB seems to like containment from his ends.

      • Oppitz says:

        Exactly, if Revis stays I only see they going for a corner if Browner got cut (no cap hit, free 5.5M and if means keeping Revis I am all in for it). Otherwise if we keep everybody we could still end up trading or cutting a good asset like Dennard or Arrington, so I dont see a reason to get a new CB

      • acm says:

        Or, Pats could do the logical thing and improve both the secondary and the pass rush?

    • steve earle says:

      At the same time Edelmen and Amendola exposed the weakness of those tall CB’s who couldn’t stay with either in the short game. Currently, if Revis and McCourty stay, we have a really decent balance back there. Still a DB later would be fine.

      • acm says:

        The argument here is not to have ONLY tall CBs, Steve, but rather look for a better tall-to-short Cb ratio on the roster i.e. better balance in terms of particular skills and flexibility in creating favorable match-ups.
        Right now, the Pats only two physical CBs, while 4 guys that are of the 5’10” category, who get overmatched on a regular basis by taller and more physical WRs if they have to cover one (e.g. Devante Parker and Chris Matthews come to mind). Bringing that ratio to 50-50 by drafting another 6’1″ 200 lbs DB would allow the Pats secondary to be more flexible in the future (and that’s assuming both Revis and Browner stay).

        • Oppitz says:

          Both Butler and Ryan are 5’11 like Revis and they’re both have a physical playstyle.

          And it’s not like we can’t move Browner around if some tall receiver is given us problem (I dont understand why we let Mathews get 100 yards and a touchdown before we put Browner on him).

          We have a pretty good group of cornerbacks, like I said before, its so loaded that we maybe need to get rid of one of them in Dennard or Arrington (assuming both Revis and Browner will be back).

          So unless we got a really good value on a low pick, I dont see a reason to draft a CB. Safety on the other hand, could be good pick, as we can definitely improve our backups or even our starter (Chung)

  14. J H TARBORO says:

    Washington’s OLB Shaq Thompson may drop in the rankings due to his multiple positions RB,LB,S. 2 teams wanted him him to work out at S, could 1 of these teams be the Patriots? Many other teams wanted him to workout at the RB position. If he does drop to end of round 1, should we take him? I like him a lot and his versatility.
    decisions decisions decisions!!!

    • acm says:

      I think the Pats may well have considered Shaq T. a SS/nickle LB. They did meet with Landon Collins too and they are virtually identical players in terms of style, instincts, measurements and how they generally project at the pros.
      I can also see Thompson slide due to lack of clarity what his role is and do think he’d become a serious consideration for the Pats at 32, depending on who else is still on board.

    • Russell says:

      I like Shaq T also, if he dropped to #32 (Which I think he will) , his coverage abilities are somewhat in question however, but a solid prospect and good value.

    • steve earle says:

      If and maybe, but taking someone with our 1st when we don’t know even how best to use him sounds risky to me.

  15. Roxy Bob says:

    I meant Stork not Brock. I suffer from Sometimer’s Disase!!

  16. J H TARBORO says:

    We have another freaky athlete Uconn CB Byron Jones who just jumped out the gym with a broad jump of 12’3″ which is 8″ more than the combine record, and a vert of 44.5″. I’m waiting to see a 40yd and on field drills. I must watch his tape!!!

    • acm says:

      His tape is equally impressive – smart, physical Cb who can play all sorts of coverages. B. Jones is one of 4 DBs I have as potential Patriots targets – Rowe, Shaw, Jones and Gunter (forget about his 40 numbers, guy just makes plays; Sherman ran a 4.6 40 and Browner a 4.65, iirc; Gunter is that kind of prospect).
      TBH, I didn’t expect Jones to post such freakish numbers in the broad and vertical jumps, which is a problem because he just got on the radar for a lot of teams. Before today, I had him available in the 5-6th round range, now, more like a 3-4th round prospect, potentially even higher as I fully expect him to have a very good 40 at his pro-day (assuming he’s recovered by then from the shoulder injury).

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Byron Jones’s coach expects him to run in the mid 4.3s. Utah’s CB Eric Rowe played 2yrs at FS, which could be a value pick if you can convert him and same for USC’s Josh Shaw. Both guys i like, and checked the combine boxes!

        • acm says:

          wouldn’t be surprised if he did it. Would depend on how far along he is in his rehab (torn labrum, iirc, which takes a long time to heal) by the UConn pro-day.

      • Markus says:

        I completely agree. The combine was quite unfortunate in the sense that a few players I had hoped for the Patriots to draft in mid/later rounds put on impressive performances. Byron Jones, Davis Tull, David Johnson, Tyler Lockett, Ali Marpet. I also like Odighizuwa and Harold and they improved their stock too.

  17. Roxy Bob says:

    Jaelen Strong is a beast. I’m afraid he climbed 15 spots up the board with his performance at the combine unfortunately for us. Cameron Erving’s versatility(plays all line positions) and familiarity with Brock makes him a valuable pick at 32 or early 2nd rd if Bill can trade down.

    • Jeff says:

      Yes, hard to imagine him being available when the Pats pick, but I would think he would represent good value there if he does tumble to the end of the first.

  18. Russell says:

    Combine has been interesting, but all the prospects tape/interviews should be 85% of the process. A guy who stood out to me was Eli Harold, interesting to compare to Jamie Collins.

    Harold, 4.60 40yd, 6’3″ 247 lbs, 93/8 hands, bjump 10’3″, 3cone 7.07
    Collins, 4.64 40yd, 6’3″ 250 lbs, 93/4hands, Bjump- 11’5″ , 3cone, 7.10

    BB once talked about Collins playing time as a high school QB and how that was helpful with his thought process. Harold also played QB/WR in high school.
    Davis Tull is a great prospect who played DE (better projected as an OLB) I believe he twisted his foot, the sameone that slowed him at the senior bowl. His pro day will be one to watch. His size and numbers are very close to Vic Beasley.

    • acm says:

      It’s easy to get swayed by combine numbers and overvalue a prospect. I think Harold may well fall into that category as I don’t think his tape isn’t as impressive as his combine would suggest. The type of player I can easily see get over-drafted as an athlete and not so much as a football player. That would make it unlikely he falls to the Pats as he’s likely gone by 64th pick and there bigger needs to be covered by that 1st pick., especially if Ayers sticks around.
      D. Tull is more like someone who could fit Pats (depth) needs and in the right range of the draft.

      • Russell says:

        I agree another prospect I like who is an ILB ,to move to OLB is Stephone Anthony. His Tape is very good, but Clemson had a great D all year.

        • Ryan says:

          Anthony seems like a great fit for our defense even if he contributes in a 2-down role for a period of time. He is the hard hitter that our defense seemed to lack this year without. Brandon Spikes. Unfortunately, his stock appears to be on the rise and there is a possibly that he goes in the third round. I’d love to grab him anytime in the fourth round, assuming that he’s available.

        • J H TARBORO says:

          Russell, great choice with Stephone Anthony, i loved watching his tape. There might be a need for an ILB and OLB, because of Donte Hightower’s offseason knee surgery and Mayo coming off of injury.

      • steve earle says:

        Glad you said that acm, how many times over the years have we seen players do great things at the combine then just be okay on game days. Look at production and competition level for a base line not over blown workout numbers.

  19. Jim R says:

    First 4 picks should net them 2-OL 2-Front 7 defense, after that pick all the wide receivers you want. Until they can protect brady longer a guy who stretches the field is of no value in this offense. Then they have to learn the system. I think Dobson will have a productive year in 2015. Boyce could contribute also.

    • Ryan says:

      I have high hopes for Dobson but failing to see him even hit the field on a regular basis was tough. Unless he shows great developmental progress, however, we are still in need of a dynamic receiver. I would be open to picking a polished receiver as soon as the second round if a highly touted player falls to us because a receiver who can contribute Day 1 could be a fantastic boost to our offensive’s explosiveness.

    • steve earle says:

      Agree full with first 4 and hope Dobson does have a good year too.

  20. Will S says:

    With only 1 exception (Dobson missed on both 3 cone and vj) in the last 11 years, BB hasn’t drafted any WR in the first 4 rounds who doesn’t satisfy at least 4 of these combine/pro day numbers.

    4.51 40, 6.82 three cone, 4.34 shuttle, 37″ vertical, 114″ broad jump.

    Therefore, I’ve concluded these are BB’s minimum for a rnd 1-4 draft pick and they also earn lesser prospects consideration later in the draft (KT, Jeremy Gallon, TJ Moe, Perez Ashford for example). Do the numbers work? Yes. I’ve predicted every WR BB has signed the last 2 yrs, including udfas with the exception of Dobson. (Emmanuel Sanders passed all 5 in his combine; LaFell passed 4/5)

    There are other important parameters for sure, such as the interview, character, smarts, psychy, blocking, hands, route running, etc., but satisfying 4 of the parameters above is a prospect’s first hurdle…they get him included as a possibility.

    Here are the WR prospects who pass BB’s requirements as outlined above. Listed alphabetically.

    Pass all 5
    1. Kenny Bell 6’1″ 197, Neb.
    2. Sammy Coates 6’1″ 197, Auburn
    3. Phillip Dorsett 5’10” 185, Miami

    4/5
    4. Mario Alford 5’8″ 180, WVa missed vj
    5. Chris Conley 6’2″ 213 UGA missed 3 cone
    6. Amari Cooper 6’1″ 211, Bama vj
    7. Tre McBride 6’0″ 210, Wm&Mary 3 cone
    8. JJNelson 5’10” 156, UofA, B’ham 3 cone
    9. Devin Smith 6’0″ 196, Ohio St. 4/4 but hasn’t done the 3cone. He could pass all 5.
    10. Darren Waller 6’6″ 238, GT missed 3 cone but tremendous results for a kid his size! Raw athlete
    11. Kevin White 6’3″ 215, WVa 3 cone

    9 get Incompletes by not completing the drills: notables include Antwan Goodley of Baylor, Devin Funchess of Mich., Devante Parker of Louisville, Deandre Smelter of GT & Jaelen Strong of AZ St.

    Eliminated notables include:
    Devante Davis UNLV 2/5 made
    Dorial Green-Beckham, MO/OK 2/5 made
    Rashad Greene, FSU 3/5 made
    Justin Hardy, E.Car 3/5 made

    So there you go. Out of this huge WR class that has been reported to be so good and so deep, only 11 pass BB’s min. requirements for acceptance plus another 3-4 of the Incompletes as possibilities for the Pats. Now I’ll turn to the film to see which ones fit the Pats’ offense. Kenny Bell most assuredly does and being a value pick in the late rounds is exactly what BB will be looking for.

    • Russell says:

      Thanks interesting! I agree about WR Bell but for other reseasons.

    • Ryan says:

      Bell, McBride, and Waller all seem to be likely Day 3 considerations and I think that we end up picking one of them at the end of the fourth or top of the sixth. Through Goodley in there as well; his pro day could improve his numbers and he seems like a player the Pats would target. As for higher picks, I’m sure that Belicheck watched Devin Smith closely and saw how naturally he sprinted in the 40, but his status as a 2nd-3rd rounder could be prohibitive. The same goes for Hardy and Greene if they improve at their pro days.

      Overall, this model of yours seems like a great way of predicting our future wideouts. Great find!

    • GM-in-Training says:

      Great analysis of Pat’s WR criteria. I like it.

      However, I think you’re being a little too harsh calling Justin Hardy 3/5.

      Your Criteria:
      4.51 40, 6.82 three cone, 4.34 shuttle, 37″ vertical, 114″ broad jump.

      His Scores:
      4.56 40, 6.63 three cone, 4.21 shuttle, 36.5″ vertical, 114″ broad jump.

      Ok, he missed your vertical by .5″ and your 40 time by .05 seconds…but he beat your three cone standard by almost .2 seconds and your shuttle time by .13 seconds. That kind of three cone time is hard to find. He overachieves on two standards by more than he underachieves on 2 other standards. He also has 10″ hands and apparently 70% of his receptions in college were for 1st downs or touch downs. He’s very much the kind of guy the Pats would envision for the slot.

      • acm says:

        there you go. My top two WR options for the Pats – Hardy and Bell.
        Let’s not forget they both project to bring great value in the draft and BB just loves him some value like no one else’s business (except when it comes to DBs, then his calculator tends to go awry).

    • Oppitz says:

      Nice imput on what Belichick values in his WR’s, but given our overall track record on drafting and developing those pass catchers, maybe he should start looking for something else.

  21. Will S says:

    Kenny Bell has the kind of short area quickness the Patriots like but he also has very good long speed. To me, he’s a slimmer JEdelman with a big chunk of Antonio Brown thrown in. He’s proficient in 2, 3, and 4 step releases off the LOS against press man and off man coverages. Great use of his hands & body to gain an advantage on his cuts and he’s physical going after the ball. Bell has nice soft hands & he regularly fingertip catches balls. He’s used to running timing routes in college so that’s a big plus. He’d be great to backup JE/DA this year while he learns the system and he could take over for DA in 2016. And he’s a Kick Returner. I expect him to rise in the draft.

  22. Daniel R. Martin says:

    1st Round (Assigned) – Trade for 2nd and 3rd Round Picks
    2nd Round (Received in Trade for 1st) – Daryl Williams OG
    2nd Round (Assigned) – Clive Walford TE
    3rd Round (Received in Trade for 1st) – Markus Golden DE/OLB
    3rd Round (Projected Compensatory Pick For Aqib Talib) – Ali Marpet OG
    3rd Round (Assigned) – John Miller OG
    4th Round (Assigned) – Vince Mayle WR or, Chris Hackett FS
    4th Round (Via Trade with TB – Logan Mankins) – Marcus Hardison DT
    6th Round (Via Trade with TB – Jonathan Casillas) – Jalston Fowler RB
    7th Round (Via Trade with TEN – Akeem Ayers) – Davis Tull OLB

    • Russell says:

      OK Daniel, the trade Idea is very likely and I think K.C. maybe a partner. K.C.’s 1st pick is at 18, so maybe , S -Collins, or OT Peat or Flowers. Getting the Patriots 1st (32) would alow them to get a WR they need WR Strong, or Green-Beckham who would most likely be gone by thier 2nd at 49.
      So giving th Patriots thier 2nd (49) and 3d (80) seems fair.
      The prospect’s I like in your mock are ; OL Marpet and 3d sounds about right. OL Miller also good at a early 4th, Davis Tull is a gem,(Ithink) and will be gone in the 5th round. I feel WR Bell is a far better fit than Mayle, who is not on my draft board. Again Bell is undervalued and clearly a late 3 or 4th. I’m not a big fan of Golden, if you want a DE I’m a fan of Henry Anderson, or Preston Smith. If you want a OLB I like Mauldin, Anthony,or Harold. Lastly I would be shocked if the Patriots drafted a TE, unless a 6th-7th round prospect.
      OL williams is a solid prospect, I like OL Fisher, Tomlinson, or Cann depending on where your 2nd pick is, over Williams who I think is a 3d round prospect.
      I study the Patriot roster to see where we may have roster spots.and I think two spots for OL, maybe a 3d from a nondrafted guy. If McCourty goes, than In your trade maybe S/CB Rowe maybe smart with one of the second round picks.
      We all have time to work on ower Mocks, and as the Patriots sign players, that will affect Mocks.

  23. Daniel R. Martin says:

    Anyone else noticed how disparate the opinions of players are on CBS/NFL Draft Scout (always positive) and NFL.com (always negative)?

    I originally mocked FS Chris Hackett in the 4th. He has moved up the boards to be a projected early 3rd round selection. I liked his play making ability. Guy seems like a sure ballhawk. Always intercepting passes or forcing/recovering fumbles. Anyone else think he could be a good pick in the 4th? I don’t see using a 3rd on any secondary player in this draft.

    • Jack T says:

      Clayton Geathers, Central Florida- Rodney Harrison clone.

    • Ugo says:

      I am a big fan of the kid out of Louisville, Gerod Holliman, also a ballhawk in his own right. I think both Holliman and Hackett would be an upgrade to the 2nd safety spot next to McCourty. I think the pats do grab a safety in this draft. Would be surprised if they do before the 4th, and both should be gone before the 4th. But with everything the Pats do, I would not rule it out.

    • Justin says:

      Chung had the most solid season of his career, which is why the Pats inked him to an extension. He’s a consistent tackler who can match up on tight ends and is an ace in run support. The Pats won’t let McCourty hit free agency, so I dont’ think Hackett or Holliman would make much sense for this D. Personally, I don’t see BB drafting a safety until the fifth or sixth round at the earliest. There are too many more important positions that need to be addressed (OG, Pass rusher, DT, WR, and potentially RB). Once McCourty is hit with the franchise tag and/or signed to an extension, the safety position will be all set, in my opinion.

    • Ryan says:

      I find that CBS Sports is often much more accurate for prospect evaluations. They will sometimes be a bit over-supportive of players, in which case I venture to NFL.com to hear of their weaknesses, but I generally avoid reading scouting reports from NFL.com. They tear down anyone who is not a projected first-rounder and some of the analysis they have is extremely questionable. I have found Lance Zerlein, their main report writer, to be dreadful at snap judgments about draft prospects.

      • Daniel R. Martin says:

        I know what you mean Ryan! Every time I think I’ve found a hidden gem or a severely undervalued prospect, I look at NFL.Com scouting reports that make the prospect sound lucky to even make it out of training camp. lol

      • steve earle says:

        Very true, I don’t even go to NFL.com. Elitist snobs seems to me.

  24. Ryan says:

    Some other guys the Pats have met with, via NESN.com:

    CB Marcus Peters
    OLB/S Shaq Thompson
    DE/OLB Eli Harold
    SS Landon Collins
    DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa

  25. Dan Sullivan says:

    Patriots Mock Draft after Combine.
    1 Preston Smith DE Mississippi St.
    2 Daryl Williams OT Oklahoma
    3 Kenny Bell WR Nebraska
    3 Jarvis Harrison G Texas A&M
    4 Leterrius Walton DT Central Michigan
    4 Ben Heeney ILB Kansas
    6 Kyle Emmanuel OLB North Dakota St.
    7 Michael Burton FB/ST Rutgers
    7 Justin Coleman CB Tennessee

    • Daniel R. Martin says:

      Don’t want to be that guy………but, Kenny Bell is currently projected to go in the 7th round. I think we keep Amendola, and don’t see Edelman leaving anytime soon. Another slot receiver with the ability to provide additional special teams contributions would be a redundancy unlikely to make the 53 man roster. Just my $0.02 🙂

      • Russell says:

        Kenny Bell is a great prospect, as a WR at 6’1″ with nice speed 4.42 I think he is more of a wide-out than a slot guy. He is also considered one of the best blocking WR’s. Also a HIGHLY intelligent prospect, able to understand coverages. He is grossly undervalued, and CLEARLY a 3-4th round pick.

        • Daniel R. Martin says:

          Well Russel, since you did put CLEARLY in all caps, I’ll take your word for it, and forgo the grading of those know-nothing hacks on CBS Sports and NFL Draft Scout who have him ranked as the 200th overall pick. 🙂

          Can I get your opinion on the mock I listed shortly above on this page? All kidding aside, you, ACM and Steve seem to be the most knowledgeable on the site. Thanks.

      • acm says:

        Bell is one of the 2-3 Wrs I like for the Pats – Hardy, Bell and Greene – fitting any potential needs at the position and the right draft range. This being said, Bell being projected as a 6-7th round prospect is a thing of the past as those projections will get updated after the combine. Plus, as far I am concerned, I always thought that 6-7th rd projection was a bit off anyway.
        Right now, I’d put both Hardy and Bell as 4th rnd projections – Hardy is the better slot WR (but only slot as he lacks the speed to play on the outside), while Bell is not as polished but brings more scheme versatility (can play both in the slot and on the outside).

        • Daniel R. Martin says:

          ACM, I like the potential upside of Vince Mayle at the WR position more so than I do Bell. However, I do recognize Bell is reportedly a high character, good locker room guy and Mayle is said not to be. I also understand Mayle isn’t as polished and, as a two sport athlete, also has less experience. How would you grade this mock:

          1st Round (Assigned) – Trade for 2nd and 3rd Round Picks
          2nd Round (Received in Trade for 1st) – Daryl Williams OG
          2nd Round (Assigned) – Clive Walford TE
          3rd Round (Received in Trade for 1st) – Markus Golden DE/OLB
          3rd Round (Projected Compensatory Pick For Aqib Talib) – Ali Marpet OG
          3rd Round (Assigned) – John Miller OG
          4th Round (Assigned) – Vince Mayle WR or, Chris Hackett FS
          4th Round (Via Trade with TB – Logan Mankins) – Marcus Hardison DT
          6th Round (Via Trade with TB – Jonathan Casillas) – Jalston Fowler RB
          7th Round (Via Trade with TEN – Akeem Ayers) – Davis Tull OLB

        • acm says:

          I am not much of a fan of Vince Mayle, tbh, and see him more as an athlete than a football player. he needs a lot of work on route running, catching the ball and fundamentals in general. His combine showing didn’t exactly scream a “can’t miss athlete” either and for someone as raw as he is, that was crucial, imo. His numbers are highly unlikely to draw much love from the Pats.
          For a big-bodied WR, I’d much rather have Deandre Smelter (GA Tech), who can be quite the steal considering he’s coming off a torn ACL. He’ll probably need to redshirt the 2015 season but could well be had in the 6th round or so. Like him better both as an athlete and a football player than Mayle.

          Mock looks alright, I guess. Not the biggest fan of Golden there and I think you may be over-allocating resources in the middle rounds on interior OL – no need to spend 3 2-3 rnd picks on the same position, when you can take your 3rd lineman late (if at all) and strengthen another position there instead (e.g. DB or RB).

  26. acm says:

    I remember reading somewhere a short list of players Patriots interviews at the combine. The name of Landon Collins, Shaq Thompson, Eli Harold and Dante Fowler Jr stuck out to me.

  27. J H TARBORO says:

    This years Combine was really good, i still have 1 more day to go, to watch the DBs. There were confirmations, disappointments, and suprises.

  28. J H TARBORO says:

    WR Kenny Bell- Nebraska ( If there was a kid in this draft that has Patriot written all over him, it would be Bell. He’s deceptively fast, faster than i thought he was, and what makes him dangerous is his long limbs, elusiveness and he is fearless. Bell returns punts and kickoffs and at the Senior Bowl, he’ll stick his head in there for special teams. Versatility!
    RB Karlos Williams- In 2010, he was labeled 11th ranked Athlete in the country coming out of prep school. Extremely Versatile RB, that has played LB/S at FSU. He would be a value! the more you can do is a Patriot motto.
    LB Davis Tull- Chattanoga( He didn’t go thru all the combine drills, but the ones he did were extremely freaky numbers, i must go back and look at his tape.

    • Jack T says:

      Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State – 6’2” 217 lb, 4.44 40, 41″ vertical, uses body very well to control and contest. Could play multiple rec routes/positions.

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