The New England Patriots were one of 22 NFL teams in attendance for University of Minnesota’s pro day on Monday, the school’s football program announced via its official Twitter account.
Golden Gophers running back David Cobb, considered a possible second-day draft pick in two months, was expected to sit out after suffering a quad strain at the NFL Scouting combine Feb. 21, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. But representatives from the Patriots were also on hand to see a potential first-round pick in tight end Maxx Williams, as well as linebacker Damien Wilson, projected as a late-round selection.
Running back, tight end and linebacker all figure to be areas of some interest as New England encloses on the 2015 draft. As for the organization’s all-time interest in Minnesota products, the Patriots have selected four Gophers, with running back Laurence Maroney most recently in the first round of the 2006 draft.
Patriots defensive end Zach Moore, a 2014 sixth-round pick by way of Concordia-St. Paul, worked out at the Minnesota pro day last year.