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The Patriots continue to churn through their pre-draft visits in Foxborough, including many with early-round prospects. According to multiple reports one of those visits this week is with All-American Washington State safety Deone (pronounced DAY-own) Bucannon . New England has a clear need for a strong safety type next to Devin McCourty in the back-end of the retooled secondary that added man corners Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to the mix this spring. Bucannon certainly has the potential to fill that void. He has pretty ideal measurables at 6-1, 211 pounds and having run an impressive 4.49 40 at February’s NFL Combine. But he also as the production to go with it, including 109 tackles, three forced fumbles and six interceptions last season. Through 43 college starts he showed the ability to hit and lay the lumber in the box, but his impressive 78-inch wing span and speed also make him an option in coverage with 15 career interceptions. Bucannon is rated by many as a second-round prospect, although his stock has been seen as rising in recent weeks to the point where some place him as a potential surprise first-round pick. Bucannon is one of my favorite potential Patriots prospects in this year’s draft class given the team’s needs in the back end, and it appears that New England is at least doing its full homework on the All-American talent. Looking for Draft video? Check out highlight videos of all the top college prospects entering the 2014 NFL Draft. OFFENSE: Quarterback | Running Back | Tight End | Wide Receiver | Offensive Line DEFENSE : Defensive Back | Defensive Line | Linebacker SPECIALISTS: Kickers/Punters/Returners
With Rob Gronkowski recovering from a torn ACL, an argument can be made that finding a game-ready tight end is one of the Patriots top needs heading into May’s NFL Draft. Possibly with that in mind, New England is reportedly hosting a pre-draft visit on Wednesday with Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz . He’s a 6-6, 265-pound prospect who among his other impressive traits ran the fastest three-cone drill among the tight ends at February’s Combine. Bill Belichick has obvious ties to the Iowa program. Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz was a Belichick assistant in the early 1990s with the Browns. Ferentz’ son, Brian, coached the tight ends in New England as a Patriots assistant in 2011, and spent last season as Iowa’s offensive line coach. In that role he likely worked quite closely with the big tight end who has soft hands and a well-rounded skill set as both a blocker and pass catcher. According to NFLDraftScout.com, Fiedorowicz is a potential third- or fourth-round prospect after catching 30 passes including six touchdowns last season. Looking for Draft video? Check out highlight videos of all the top college prospects entering the 2014 NFL Draft. OFFENSE: Quarterback | Running Back | Tight End | Wide Receiver | Offensive Line DEFENSE : Defensive Back | Defensive Line | Linebacker SPECIALISTS: Kickers/Punters/Returners
In this edition of PFW In Progress, Paul Perillo, Andy Hart, and Erik Scalavino discuss Logan Mankins comments during his interview today as well as the report that Gronkowski is "taking his time" with his recovery.
Focusing on next month’s draft, how many additional picks do you think we can acquire if we trade out of the 29th spot? Also what TEs & LBs do you think will be available and of most value in later rounds? Jeremy Roberts Using the well-circulated draft trade value chart, the 29th pick is worth 640 ...
In this edition of PFW In Progress, Paul Perillo, Andy Hart and Erik Scalavino discuss the latest Patriots news leading into the NFL Draft. Patriots WR Matthew Slater also joins the show as a special in-studio guest.
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