An updated look at recent Patriots pre-draft visits


An updated look at recent Patriots pre-draft visits

With two weeks left to prepare for this year's draft, the Patriots are busy hosting potential picks at their facilities. 

Teams are allowed 30 pre-draft visits that can be valuable for a number of different purposes, but they're not always an indication that the team is interested in drafting the visiting player. 

Oftentimes the meetings are to gauge a player's health or to get to know the player's personality a little bit better. They're also useful for teams looking to have well-informed files on players who will hit free agency four years down the road.  

In some instances, it's possible that a player visits a team when the team has no real interest in drafting him. The meeting scheduled could serve as a smokescreen for the rest of the league, or the player could be asked to provide information about one of his college teammates.

All in all, it's an interesting dance, but a difficult one to draw any conclusions from. 

Here's a quick update on some of the most recent visits -- as well as on-campus meetings or private workouts -- the Patriots have reportedly had scheduled.

Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

With his smooth running style and dependable hands in the passing game, Booker has drawn comparisons to longtime Texans running back Arian Foster. Unfortunately for Booker, a knee injury prevented him from competing at the NFL Scouting Combine. He recently had a pro day that allowed him to be seen in action. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Booker had a visit scheduled with the Patriots. 

Moritz Boehringer, WR, Germany

You would be hard-pressed to find a more fascinating prospect in this draft class. At 6-foot-4, 227 pounds, the German national is an athletic specimen. At his pro day he ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash and clocked a 6.64-second three-cone drill. Still very new to the game, Boehringer has yet to see competition that even comes close to what he'll see at the NFL level. The Patriots were reportedly one of nine teams present at his workout in Florida last week.

Steven Daniels, LB, Boston College

One of the leaders of one of the best defenses in college football last year, Daniels is violent collision waiting to happen. His athleticism will keep him from being drafted in the first few rounds, but he was a first-team All-ACC choice as a senior. He was scheduled to meet with the Patriots on Wednesday, according to Tony Pauline.

Sean Davis, CB, Maryland

For a team seeking length, athleticism and an aggressive mindset at the corner spot, Davis fits the bill. At 6-foot-1, 201 pounds he has put plenty of punishing hits on tape. He also has a knack for getting his hands on passes. He struggled at times in coverage and may be better suited as a safety, but he has intriguing physical traits. Bill Belichick worked Davis out on Friday and then followed that up with a film session, per Rapoport.

Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia

Two seasons removed from an ACL tear, Mitchell caught 58 passes for 865 yards and four scores in 2015. He possesses good speed (ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at the combine), and even when he's covered he has the focus and body control to reel in contested catches. The Patriots had him scheduled for a visit, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi

As part of a pre-draft series that has documented his journey leading up to the draft, Reed wrote in the Hattiesburg American that he had a private workout run by Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio that lasted for about 90 minutes on Friday. Thanks to his athleticism and ball skills, Reed was listed as one of our "Potential Patriots" in last week's look at draft-eligible corners.

Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas

A foot injury kept Williams off the field in 2015, but he may be the most running back out of Arkansas entering into this year's draft. The 5-11, 220-pounder has a multi-faceted game that he put on display in 2014 while sharing carries with Alex Collins. His size allows him to create yards after contact between the tackles, but he also has the vision and the elusiveness to avoid defenders and the speed to outrun them. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Williams visited the Patriots on Monday.

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.

The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.

Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.

Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.


Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.

Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.

Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.