NFL Draft Needs: Patriots

NFL Draft Needs: Patriots
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Oregon G Cameron Hunt will visit the Denver Broncos during the first week of April.

Hat tip to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline for this nugget. During his pro day earlier in March, the 6-foot-3, 307-pounder notched a 40-yard dash time of 5.47 seconds, hoisted the bar 24 times on the bench press and put in a vertical leap of 23.5 inches. He will likely have to find his way onto an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent.
Mar 28 - 7:58 PM

Florida CB Teez Tabor shrugged off concerns over his slow 40-yard dash times.

Say what you want about Teez Tabor's performance through the evaluating process to date -- it hasn't been great -- but his 4.62-second 40-yard dash at the Combine and his 4.75-second spring on pro day have done nothing to cool off his confidence. Tabor said that "[the time] is what it is" and then went on to boast boast boast. Said the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder, "I mean, it's not going to be my loss if you pass on me. I'm going to be in this league for a long time. Somebody could lose their job if they pass on me, so I ain't mad at it."
Source: 247Sports
Mar 28 - 7:39 PM

The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts have scheduled official visits for Cincinnati LB Eric Wilson.

This per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. The Colts had already previously met with Wilson following his pro day workout. During that pro day showing, the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder made up for a lack of a Combine invitation via a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, a 39.5-inch vertical jump and 25 reps on the bench press. In addition to his official visits to the Packers and Colts, Wilson also is scheduled to be put through a private workout by the Patriots. These are all teams to monitor as potential late Day 3 landing spots for the Cincinnati linebacker.
Mar 28 - 7:24 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore DL Devon Hamilton is not participating in spring practice due to recent surgery to repair a broken foot.

No word as to exactly when Hamilton underwent surgery, but regardless, his recovery has sidelined him for the spring. This past season, the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder recorded 10 tackles (2.5 for loss) and one fumble recovered over the course of nine games played. Scout.com ranked Hamilton as the No. 54 defensive tackle prospect in the 2015 class.
Mar 28 - 7:08 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Michigan TE Jake Butt to Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay.

"Clay has been a reliable receiving option in the short-to-intermediate range and that is what Butt should be for years to come," writes the PFF analysis team. They do not view the 6-foot-6, 237-pounder as being as adept at run-blocking as Clay, noting that Butt's limitations on that front come "both at the line of scrimmage and as he moves up to the second level." During Friday's pro day, Butt met with the Raiders, Titans, Saints and Steelers. He continues to recover from the severe knee injury suffered against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, but he has indicated that he believes he will be able to begin taking part in football-related activities at some point in July.
Mar 28 - 6:52 PM

Cleveland Browns HC Hue Jackson said that the team would not trade the No. 1 overall pick to acquire a quarterback.

Any rumor of the Browns potentially going insane and just giving the Patriots the No. 1 pick in exchange for Jimmy Garoppolo would now appear to be officially dead. Jackson's refusal to even put that No. 1 on the table only serves to add further smoke to the fire of what has long been held as consensus -- that Cleveland will be drafting Texas A&M EDGE Myles Garrett with their first pick. They have more than enough draft picks stocked up to select a quarterback later in the draft should they so choose, including the No 12 pick.
Mar 28 - 6:39 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that freshman RB J.K. Dobbins is pushing to land the role as the Buckeyes No. 2 back.

Redshirt sophomore RB Mike Weber is already firmly entrenched atop the depth chart, leaving it to Dobbins, Antonio Williams and Demario McCall to battle it out for backup honors. That race would appear to be between Dobbins and McCall right now, as Meyer indicated that Dobbins had jumped Williams in the competition. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Dobbins was a four-star recruit for the 2017 cycle. He posted a slew of remarkable testing results during The Opening last summer, including a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and a 43.1-inch vertical jump. Bill Landis of Cleveland.com notes that Dobbins has "looked explosive through spring drills."
Mar 28 - 6:25 PM

Drake TE Eric Saubert (hamstring) was able to turn in a full workout at Iowa State's pro day.

Saubert was prevented from running the 40-yard dash at the Combine due to a hamstring injury. That appears to have healed up nicely, as the 6-foot-4, 249-pounder was clocked variously between 4.65 seconds and 4.69 seconds during his pro day work. This according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, who hears that Saubert was flawless in his catching during drills and particularly impressed scouts with his blocking prowess. In a deep tight end class, Saubert is a Day 3 sleeper to keep an eye on.
Mar 28 - 6:11 PM
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