Patriots spotted at UConn pro day where DB Melifonwu is main attraction

Patriots spotted at UConn pro day where DB Melifonwu is main attraction

The Patriots were present at the University of Connecticut as one ridiculously athletic Husky went through drills as both a safety and a corner. 

Per Kevin Duffy of, Patriots college scouting director Brian Smith was on the Storrs campus -- along with representatives from the Cardinals, Eagles, Texans, Bucs, Packers, Steelers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints -- to get a look at defensive back Obi Melifonwu and his draft-eligible teammates. 

One of the top testers at the NFL Scouting Combine, Melifonwu checked in at 6-foot-4, 224 pounds and ran an impressive 4.40 40-yard dash in Indy. He also jumped better than anyone at the combine when it came to both the vertical (44 inches) and the broad jump (11-feet-9). 

Melifonwu did not run the shuttle drills at the combine, but he checked those boxes at his pro day, submitting very strong shuttle times and an adequate three-cone drill.

After playing safety at UConn, there are those who wonder if -- because of his stand-out athleticism -- Melifonwu will be able to play corner as a pro. It's a track similar to that of his former college teammate Byron Jones, who was considered a versatile defensive back and one of the best athletes at the draft two years ago before being taken in the first round by the Cowboys

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.