Duke guard Laken Tomlinson was a four-year starter and a Senior Bowl invitee. (NFL.com)
It could be defensive tackle. It could be cornerback. It could be offensive line.
The New England Patriots could call upon several positions at No. 32 overall in the 2015 NFL draft. And along the five-man front, there are several variables to account for, inside and out.
With left guard Dan Connolly still a free agent, and with right guard Ryan Wendell and left tackle Nate Solder entering the final years of their deals, New England’s line stands in a pliable stage heading into April 30.
One of the closest things to a long-term certainty there is at center, where Bryan Stork, a fourth-round pick last May, earned a total of 13 starts as a rookie. But where fellow fourth-rounder Cameron Fleming and swing man Marcus Cannon fit next season is unclear. And the same can be said of where New England’s war room will fit in this year’s prospects.
Head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and the Patriots may be able to put all the spots in place by drafting one, however.
UConn’s Byron Jones could be on the fringe of the first round. (ESPN.com)
It’s the number of cornerbacks on the New England Patriots’ roster as the 2015 NFL draft draws near. And it’s a number that was subtracted from before it was added to during the first wave of free agency.
With both starters from last season’s team now on other teams, New England went out and signed three veterans into the mix in Chimdi Chekwa, Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain in March. But there may soon be another to account for this month.
Bill Belichick, Nick Caserio and the Patriots’ war room may see April 30 as an opportunity not to replace Darrelle Revis or Brandon Browner, but to reshape the corner position itself. And with the rights to pick No. 32 overall at the end of the first round, several names could be in consideration should the organization opt to stay put.
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.
Stanford defensive tackle David Parry attended the combine in February. (NFL.com)
New England Patriots were represented at Stanford’s pro day on Thursday, according to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider and Walter Football, after director of player personnel Nick Caserio met with nose tackle prospect David Parry “for a few hours” on Wednesday.
Parry, projected as a possible third-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, was a former walk-on and a fifth-year senior for the Cardinal football team in 2014.
Bill Belichick was in attendance for Louisville’s pro day. (NFL Game Rewind)
The New England Patriots are less than one day into free agency, and the likes of linebacker Colin McCarthy and edge-rusher Jabaal Sheard have made visits thus far.
But so has the Patriots head coach.
On Wednesday morning, Bill Belichick was back on the scouting trail. He was alongside the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin at the University of Louisville pro day, the Cardinals football program announced.
Former Georgia center David Andrews has a private workout with the New England Patriots Wednesday, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun and National Football Post.
The 6-foot-2, 294-pound Andrews was a three-year starter and three-year captain along the Georgia offensive line. He was named the team’s most valuable player at the annual awards ceremony in December, and later participated in the East-West Shrine Game in January, where he lined up at both center and guard.
Auburn wideout Sammie Coates participated in February’s combine. (NFL.com)
A day after New England Patriots representatives were on hand for the Minnesota and Virginia pro days, head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio were on hand for Auburn’s, according to AUTigers.com’s Jason Caldwell.
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.
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.”