Maryland’s Stefon Diggs is projected as an early third-day pick. (ESPN.com)
Bill Belichick has shown interest in Randy Edsall-coached players before.
Edsall coached guard Donald Thomas, and cornerbacks Darius Butler and Robert McClain during his tenure at UConn. And since he’s been at Maryland, defensive tackles A.J. Francis and Joe Vellano, as well as receiver Kevin Dorsey have also been rostered by the New England Patriots.
Perhaps there will be more to add to that list. The Patriots head coach, an Annapolis High graduate, was spotted at Byrd Stadium in College Park for the Terps pro day Thursday.
Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio was also in attendance, reportedly serving as quarterback for the workouts.
Central Florida corner Jacoby Glenn has worked out for New England. (NFL.com)
Central Florida cornerback Jacoby Glenn worked out for the New England Patriots and Houston Texans on Thursday, according Shannon Owens-Green of the Orlando Sentinel.
Glenn, projected as a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft later this month, declared after his redshirt sophomore season with the Knights.
In 2014, the 6-foot, 179-pound defensive back became first UCF player to be selected to an All-America team since running back Kevin Smith in 2007, and the first Knights defensive player to be on one since linebacker Bobby Spitulski in 1991.
The Patriots will reconvene for the start of offseason workouts April 20. (Oliver Thomas)
The New England Patriots will return to Gillette Stadium on April 20, when the voluntary offseason workout program officially gets underway.
The program, dispersed over nine weeks and three phases heading into Patriots mandatory veteran minicamp on June 16 through 18, starts lightly. But soon, it will be full speed ahead for reigning Super Bowl champions.
Jerod Mayo has played in 12 games for the Patriots since 2013. (NFL Game Rewind)
The New England Patriots brought in linebacker Rolando McClain for a free-agent visit this week. And while the 25-year-old has since returned to the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal reportedly worth up to $4 million, New England’s off-the-ball interest could be telling at this stage in the game.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots offered McClain a one-year, $4 million contract. But the 12-game starter in 2014 left without signing, and ultimately agreed with the Cowboys on a comparably structured deal Wednesday.
McClain now is back in a situation he enjoyed a comeback year in, after spending the 2013 season out of football. That familiarity could have very well factored into his decision, as he should remain in the mix as Dallas’ middle linebacker, allowing the injured starter he replaced, Sean Lee, to slide over to the weak side.
In New England, McClain’s spot on the depth chart would have been far less certain in the long-term. Yet, on the other side, the Patriots’ off-line linebacker spots are also uncertain at this time.
Stefen Wisniewski started 61 games over four years in Oakland. (NFL Game Rewind)
The New England Patriots could draft an interior offensive lineman later this month. But on Wednesday, it was learned that the organization hosted a free-agent one.
According to NFL Media’s Albert Breer, former Oakland Raiders center and guard Stefen Wisniewski was recently in for a visit with the Patriots.
Wisniewski, 26, was the Raiders’ starting center for the last three seasons, after starting 13 games at left guard during his rookie campaign.
The Patriots were on hand for South Carolina’s pro day. (Gamecock Football)
The New England Patriots are keeping an eye on the offensive lines.
According to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider and Walter Football, New England was one of five teams with offensive line coaches on hand for South Carolina’s pro day Wednesday. And after being in attendance for Florida State’s pro day on Tuesday, one of whom was retired Patriots line coach Dante Scarnecchia, now serving an advisory role for the team through the 2015 NFL draft.
Stevan Ridley is one of three Patriots free agents still unsigned. (NFL Game Rewind)
Stevan Ridley’s free-agent road trip has started in the AFC East.
After visiting the Miami Dolphins earlier this week, the former New England Patriots running back is meeting with the New York Jets on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Oklahoma’s Jordan Phillips could be in consideration if waiting at No. 32 overall. (NFL.com)
In under a month, Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio will be facing the board, Berj Najarian will be on the phone, and the New England Patriots will be on the clock at pick 32 overall.
The end of the 2015 NFL draft’s first round won’t be unlike recent years for the Patriots’ war room. The same faces will be taking part within it. But there will be new prospects taking part on the outside. And with defensive tackle a position in question now that Vince Wilfork is a Houston Texan, perhaps one available will get a call from One Patriot Place on April 30.
Much can change between now and then, as can perception of how New England will maneuver through its nine total picks. Though for now, here are five interior defensive linemen to consider should the Patriots stand pat with the first one, with film glimpses courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com.
In February, Byron Jones set a combine record in the broad jump. (NFL.com)
UConn’s Byron Jones has garnered the attention of the New England Patriots.
According to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider and Walter Football, the Huskies cornerback met with New England for breakfast Tuesday before his pro-day workout in Storrs, Conn.
Jones proceeded to bench 18 reps of 225 pounds, five months removed from labrum surgery. And he also clocked a 40-yard dash in the 4.3 range in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including Patriots cornerback coach Josh Boyer.
Cameron Erving played tackle through center during his time at Florida State. (NFL.com)
The New England Patriots went to a Cover-2 at the Florida State pro day Tuesday.
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, defensive line coach Brendan Daly, along with retired offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia – who’s serving an advisory role for the team through the 2015 NFL draft – were spotted at the workouts. And based on the depth of this year’s Seminoles class, there is good reason as to why.