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News Blitz 4/23: Patriots "incredibly high" on Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage?

Posted Apr 23, 2014

The Patriots.com News Blitz gets you up-to-date on the latest Patriots news from local and national media.

Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider reports that the Patriots have been "incredibly high" on Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage and will consider using a pick to acquire him during next month's NFL draft.

"Some in the organization are now referring to Savage as 'Tom #2', with Tom #1 of course being Tom Brady," adds Pauline. "I’m told Savage impressed the franchise during combine interviews, especially when former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano was on hand. Evidently Savage took responsibility for the 2011 situation when he left the Rutgers football program, which was then headed by Schiano. Both the Patriots and Schiano were impressed by Savage’s maturity in discussing his departure. Teams who’ve studied tape on Savage from last season broke it into halves and feel the second half of the campaign, when the signal caller lessened his mistakes and improved his accuracy, is the next level prospect they can build upon." READ MORE>>

Aaron Wilson of National Football Post reports that Auburn DE Dee Ford has conducted a private workout with the Patriots.  The pass rusher is projected to be selected within the top-50 picks in this year's NFL draft.

"Ford is a classic hybrid pass rusher as a 3-4 outside linebacker who could potentially play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme if the 6-foot-2, 252 pound senior adds enough bulk," writes Wilson. "He could also project as a 3-4 outside linebacker." READ MORE>>

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com calls West Virginia's Charles Sims and Florida State's Devonta Freeman potential third round draft pick options for the Patriots at running back.

"The 6-foot-0, 214-pound Sims is one of the better route-runners and pass-catching backs in the draft, which reminds us a bit of Shane Vereen from 2011," notes Reiss. "He ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash and has a skill set that seems to fit best in a zone-running scheme like New England's. As for Freeman, he is one of the shortest prospects at 5-foot-8 1/4 but at 206 pounds he runs hard and is considered to have top-end intangibles." READ MORE>>

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald believes Iowa TE CJ Fiedorowicz "looks like a good fit" for the Patriots in the early rounds of this year's draft.

"It bears repeating, with Rob Gronkowski's status uncertain, at least at the start, the Pats need to shore up the tight end position," writes Guregian. "Fiedorowicz would be able to step in right away and help both in the passing and running game." READ MORE>>

Nick O'Malley of MassLive.com takes a look at various mock drafts around the internet and concludes that Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman remains a popular first round pick for the Patriots.

"Most of the more popular NFL Draft pundits still have the Patriots taking Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hagemen at No. 29 overall," writes O'Malley. "Meanwhile, many of the writers from New England-based outlets have the team going in other directions and addressing other needs." READ MORE>>