NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones
The New England Patriots are a notoriously opaque organization, including in their preparation for the NFL Draft; however, like the rest of the league’s teams, some pre-draft information becomes available from time to time, whether released voluntarily by the team, an agent, or a prospect, or released in compliance with league rules. While it’s important to consider the source of the release and their possible motivations (i.e. released voluntarily as a smokescreen from the organization itself), as well as that many interviews and visits are investigatory rather than indicative of definite interest in drafting a prospect, nonetheless pre-draft visits offer compelling food for thought. Today, we’ll take a look at the early-round prospects which New England has been linked to thus far in the pre-draft process. As always, prospect rankings and values are provided by FRX.