NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones
During the 2011 pre-draft process, the New England Patriots revealed a surprising amount of interest in the University of South Florida. Head coach Bill Belichick attended the Bulls’ pro day, and later in the week New England invited two USF prospects, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and defensive back Mistral Raymond, to participate in private workouts.
The Patriots didn’t end up drafting either player – McClain was selected with the 65th overall pick by the Carolina Panthers, Raymond with the 170th overall pick by Minnesota – but this week the Patriots (temporarily?) parted ways with rookie defensive tackle Marcus Forston in order to sign McClain, who had been released after just one season with the Panthers.