Northern Iowa’s David Johnson brings a unique toolbox to the backfield. (NFL.com)
With the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in the rearview, the New England Patriots stand three weeks from free agency and nine weeks from the draft. But while the latter is largely contingent on the former, most long-term plans for the organization will not be decided until April 30 through May 2.
And with that in mind, it is time for an early look at what head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and the Patriots could be facing over seven rounds this spring.
Jamie Collins’ record was eclipsed on final day of the 2015 combine. (NFL.com)
Jamie Collins’ record lasted two years. But on Monday, during the final day of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, the current New England Patriot saw his 11-foot-7 broad jump broken.
Byron Jones was the one who did the damage.
Jones, a 6-foot, 199-pound cornerback by way of UConn, leaped out of the building with a 12-foot-3 broad, beating the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Southern Mississippi linebacker’s mark by eight inches.
Mississippi State’s Benardrick McKinney sparked a Patriots comparison. (NFL.com)
The front seven’s time at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is over. And with their departures from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, some closing thoughts with a New England Patriots emphasis.
Bill Belichick, Nick Caserio and Michael Lombardi saw what they needed to see.
According to Doug Kyed of NESN.com and Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots head coach, director of player personnel and assistant to the coaching staff were at the Indianapolis airport Sunday morning, heading home from the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.
Patriots line coach Dave DeGuglielmo got to work with blockers at the combine. (NFL.com)
The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is over for draft prospects on the offensive side of the ball, and soon it will be for the defensive side. But before turning the page over for the final days in Indianapolis, some parting offensive thoughts with a New England Patriots focus.
Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams has met with New England at the combine. (NFL.com)
The New England Patriots are allotted 60 formal interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
These meetings with draft prospects must be taken at face value, as all-star games, pro days and private workouts are other venues for first impressions. Yet for 15 minutes at a time, they are what they are.
Head coach Bill Belichick, members of the Patriots coaching staff and also the scouting department have their respective plans leading up to April 30. Just whom they invest time with can indicate due diligence on one prospect, an interest in digging deeper on another, but also positional trends as a whole.
And with the help of those on hand, here is a gathering of New England’s meetings thus far into the week.
The New England Patriots got off to a late start in preparations for the 2015 NFL draft. But as director of player personnel Nick Caserio explained to Patriots.com Thursday, the scouting department has not.
Together, both sides of organization are looking to get back up to speed.
“Our staff spent a lot of time during the course of the fall and done a lot of work through December and into the all-star period in January,” Caserio said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “So, we’ve spent a lot of time on players and certain players where this is our first exposure to – especially the underclassmen. So, there are certain aspects that we have to delve into a little deeper. But for the most part our staff has made a conscious effort to stay on top of it. There’s still a lot of work to be done here and we’ll be ready to go hopefully by the end of April for the draft.”
Bill Belichick and the Patriots will look on this week in Indianapolis. (NFL Game Rewind)
With the NFL combine officially opening Tuesday, head coach Bill Belichick and members of the New England Patriots staff find themselves in Indianapolis.
And with their visit to the Midwest in mind, here is a glance down 10 of the 323 names the Patriots will be watching this week at Lucas Oil Stadium, courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com.
Dante Scarnecchia was spotted on a flight to Indianapolis on Tuesday. And shortly after touchdown, it was learned why.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the retired New England Patriots offensive line coach has returned to work on a temporary basis through the 2015 NFL draft. He will be in Indianapolis this week for the NFL Scouting Combine, prior serving under an advising capacity leading up to the draft, which is set for April 30 through May 2.
Patriots fourth-round pick Cameron Fleming attended the combine in 2014. (NFL.com)
A total of 323 NFL draft prospects will find themselves in Indianapolis this week for the NFL Scouting Combine, and the New England Patriots will find themselves among 31 other organizations there to vet them.
But before it all gets underway at Lucas Oil Stadium, here is a rundown of the itinerary.