The Patriots will host local college prospects for a pro day at Gillette. (Oliver Thomas)
With college pro days winding down over the final three weeks of April, the New England Patriots are holding their own.
The Patriots’ pro day Thursday at Gillette Stadium features 2015 NFL draft prospects from neighboring schools. And thus, the group workout does not count against the organization’s 30 permitted official visits.
Boston College dual-threat quarterback Tyler Murphy was one of the expected names, according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, but the Florida transfer has since been scratched due to a scheduling conflict.
Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt attended the NFL Scouting Combine. (NFL.com)
The New England Patriots’ roster currently consists of five safeties. But the organization has recently taken a close look at another.
The Patriots put Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt through a workout on the South Alabama campus on Wednesday, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
USC’s Randall Telfer has a visit scheduled with the Patriots. (Patriots.com)
The New England Patriots will visit with USC tight end Randall Telfer next week, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun and National Football Post reported.
Telfer has also visited the Philadelphia Eagles and has a private meeting scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Wilson.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound target caught 65 passes for 648 yards and 12 touchdowns over four seasons and 48 games with the Trojans. He appeared in 13 games in 2014, finishing his senior campaign 21 receptions for 197 yards and two scores.
Utah lineman Jeremiah Poutasi has drawn contact from New England. (Utah Football)
With the 2015 NFL draft drawing near, Jeremiah Poutasi is drawing his share of suitors.
According to Rotoworld.com’s Josh Norris, the Utah offensive lineman has visited or worked out with a dozen teams, including the New England Patriots.
The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Ute started all 13 games at left tackle in 2014, and went on to be named second-team All-Pac 12 in result. He logged a combined 23 starts over his previous two seasons, with 10 arriving at right tackle as a true freshman in 2012.
The Patriots have held a private workout with Northwestern State’s Deon Simon. (NFL.com)
The New England Patriots are digging deep for a two-gap prospect.
One stop in that search heading into the 2015 NFL draft has led the Patriots to Northwestern State’s Deon Simon, whom the team worked out privately last week, according to WEEI.com’s Chris Price.
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Simon is seen as a 3-4 nose tackle and a possible seventh-round pick in early May. And in his NFL.com draft diary, the Southland Conference product shared that he already had a formal interview with the Patriots at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
Florida tackle D.J. Humphries is projected as a first-round pick. (NFL.com)
Retired Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who’s helping out in an advisory role through the 2015 NFL draft, made his way to Gainesville for the Florida pro day Tuesday, according to NFL Media’s Albert Breer.
The Gators’ group of line prospects is headlined by projected first-round pick D.J. Humphries, a 6-foot-5, 307-pound offensive tackle who’s played in 29 career games with 19 starts at Florida.
Miami’s Denzel Perryman benched 27 reps at the NFL Scouting Combine. (NFL.com)
Linebacker remains a position to watch for.
The New England Patriots held a workout with Miami’s Denzel Perryman this week, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
The 5-foot-11, 236-pound inside linebacker appeared in 34 career games for the Hurricanes, accumulating 243 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, along with eight pass deflections and six forced fumbles.
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.
The Patriots have held a workout with Oklahoma defensive back Julian Wilson. (ESPN.com)
The New England Patriots have worked out Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson, according to the National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Sooner played in 48 collegiate games and started 26 dating back to his redshirt freshman season in 2011, when he served as a special-teamer and a reserve safety.
Wake Forest’s Kevin Johnson has an upcoming workout with the Patriots. (ESPN.com)
The New England Patriots will get a closer look at a likely top-25 pick.
Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson has a workout scheduled with the Patriots, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post and The Baltimore Sun reported Monday evening.