Bill Belichick has been making the rounds across Southeast this week.
After beginning at Auburn, then working out the likes of wideout Chris Conley and center David Andrews at Georgia, the scouting trail led the New England Patriots head coach to the Clemson pro day on Thursday, the Tigers football program shared.
Clemson’s headline prospects include outside linebacker Vic Beasley, inside linebacker Stephone Anthony, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and defensive end Corey Crawford.
Beasley, a 6-foot-3, 246-pound edge-rusher, projects as an early first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft and a 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. He clocked wideout times at the combine last month, netting a 4.53 40-yard dash, a 6.91 three-cone and a 4.15 20-yard shuttle. Beasley also benched 35 reps of 225 pounds and posted a 41-inch vertical to go with a 130-inch broad jump, which should assure his name is called long before pick No. 32 overall.
As for Anthony, Jarrett and Crawford, all three could be of interest to New England on the second day of the draft, or early on the third.
Anthony, who ran a 4.56 40-time in Indianapolis, is seen as one of the top inside linebackers in this year’s class and a potential second-round pick. Jarrett, meanwhile, is seen as a one-gap shade in a 4-3 alignment and could land in the middle rounds. And Crawford, a 6-foot-5, 283-pound defensive end, stand-up rusher and situational defensive tackle, is cast as an early day-three choice.
Where Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and Co. choose to go next will soon be learned.