The New England Patriots are keeping a close eye on the defensive side of the ball heading into the 2015 NFL draft.
On Friday, members of the organization met with Utah cornerback Eric Rowe for some film and possible practice work, according to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider and Walter Football. And in addition, the Patriots also have an upcoming workout scheduled with TCU linebacker Paul Dawson.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe appeared in 47 career games for the Utes and notched 261 tackles and three interceptions. The corner spent his first three college years starting at safety, and used his size and speed to excel at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, where he posted a 4.45 40-yard dash, a 6.70 three-cone drill, a 3.97 short-shuttle, an 11.48 60-yard shuttle, and a 39-inch vertical to go with a 125-inch broad jump.
The 6-foot, 235-pound Dawson, meanwhile, amassed 227 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions and two forced fumbles over his last two seasons with the Horned Frogs. Yet as an instinctual inside linebacker more than an explosive one, Dawson was tested athletically in Indianapolis, clocking a 4.93 40-time, a 4.49 short-shuttle, a 28-inch vert and 109-inch broad. He improved those numbers at his pro day on Friday.
Both are projected as second-day picks this spring. The Patriots own the rights to three draft spots between No. 64 and No. 97 overall.