Prototypical Patriots: Adding more receiver options to a crowded field?

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Prototypical Patriots: Adding more receiver options to a crowded field?

Just look at the Patriots roster. Go ahead. Organize the list by position. Then scroll down to where you start to see players with "WR" next to their names. I'll wait. 

Whole bunch of those guys, right? The glut of players Bill Belichick has at that position at the moment would seem to indicate a couple of things. 

First, they like the depth they've been able to build. They have competitive players competing for limited roster spots, which means the end result will be an effective group where the strongest have survived training camp cuts. 

Second, they're not entirely sure who will emerge as the best options for them. More options mean more opportunities to hit. It's a numbers game.

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Yet, even with all the numbers the Patriots have at receiver, that doesn't take them out of the receiver market in this draft. Julian Edelman is in his early 30s. Chris Hogan is in the final year of his contract. Malcolm Mitchell missed all of last season with a knee injury and has dealt with knee issues going all the way back to his days at the University of Georgia. 

It would come as no surprise if the Patriots wanted to look for the next centerpiece around which to build their receiver room. They've reportedly met with two of the top pass-catchers in the class, Maryland's DJ Moore and Texas A&M's Christian Kirk, and there are a handful of others who fit the athletic profile shared by other receivers the Patriots have drafted in the past. 

Let's lay out the list here...

PROTOTYPES IN RANGE
DJ MOORE, MARYLAND, 6-0, 210 POUNDS


Moore checks just about every box the Patriots look for in their wideouts. He's big enough to play on the outside, he has the speed (4.42-second 40) to stress defenses deep, and he's very explosive (11-foot broad jump, 39.5 vertical). His three-cone (6.95 seconds) and short-shuttle (4.07) indicate he has the change-of-direction ability to play inside and create separation with his quickness. Thought to be a mid-first round pick, the Patriots might have to hope he lasts until No. 23 to pick him. Or if they like him enough, they could make him the first receiver Belichick has taken in the first round since taking over in New England. 

DJ CHARK, LSU, 6-3, 199 


Chark is a little on the lighter end for a Patriots outside receiver, but athletically he has it all. His speed (4.34-second 40) made him one of the fastest players at this year's combine, and he stood out at the Senior Bowl. His 40-inch vertical and 129-inch broad jump only reinforce the fact that he is among the most physically-gifted pass-catchers in the draft. Chark is among the talented many Day 2 receiver options, and if someone falls in love with his speed, he could go at the end of Day 1. 

DANTE PETTIS, WASHINGTON, 6-0, 186 


Slightly built, Pettis may be expected to pack on a few pounds if he ends up at 1 Patriot Place. But when it comes to how Pettis tested athletically, Belichick won't want him to change a thing. His 4.48-second 40, 6.87-second three-cone, 125-inch broad jump and 36-inch vertical make him one of the best fits at receiver for the Patriots. Plus, he has experience as a returner, which could boost his draft stock when Belichick and Nick Caserio stack their board. 

ANTHONY MILLER, MEMPHIS, 5-11, 201 


Miller may profile as a slot receiver, but his testing numbers seem to be a sign that he could play on the outside without issue. He has big enough mitts (10 inches) to snatch footballs from defenders and his three-cone time at his pro day (6.65 seconds) was outstanding. Miller's 40-yard dash wasn't eye-popping (4.50 seconds), but he's a good leaper (39-inch vertical, 125-inch broad) and certainly qualifies as an NFL athlete. 

COURTLAND SUTTON, SMU, 6-3, 218 


Like Miller, Sutton's 40 time (4.54 seconds) won't jump off the page for a team that has drafted outside faster outside receivers (Chad Jackson, Aaron Dobson) in the first couple of rounds. But Sutton meets the mark when it comes to his vertical (35.5 inches) and broad (124 inches). And his change-of-direction times were tremendous -- 6.57-second three-cone, 4.11-second short shuttle -- for a player with his size. That might help his 40 time from knocking him way down New England's board.

EQUANIMEOUS ST. BROWN, NOTRE DAME, 6-5, 214 


Brown has the size and speed (4.48-second 40) to profile as a boundary receiver in New England. His 1.54-second 10-yard split is also ideal. We don't have testing numbers for St. Brown on the three-cone or shuttle, but he jumped 34 1/2 inches at his pro day, and he did 20 reps on the bench. He looks the part. 

BRAXTON BERRIOS, MIAMI, 5-9, 184 


On the opposite end of the physical spectrum from St. Brown would be Berrios. Still, Berrios profiles as a very nice fit in the slot for Josh McDaniels. He reportedly ran his 40-yard dash in the 4.4s and had a 6.76 three-cone to go along with a 36-inch vertical. Those are all strong numbers for an inside receiver in the Patriots system. 

IMPERFECT BUT INTRIGUING
CHRISTIAN KIRK, TEXAS A&M, 5-10, 201


Kirk was in New England this week for a top-30 visit, an indication that the Patriots are quite interested. Judging by his play, that's not a surprise. But outside of a strong 40 time (4.47 seconds) and vertical (35.5 inches) his athletic numbers don't quite match up with sub-six foot receivers the Patriots have drafted in the past. His broad jump (115 inches), three-cone (7.09 seconds) and shuttle (4.45 seconds) aren't quite ideal, but the Patriots could argue that he's quicker than that on tape. 

CALVIN RIDLEY, ALABAMA, 6-0, 189 


Ridley, who reportedly was in Foxboro for a visit on Wednesday, is a little light, judging by Patriots standards, and some of his testing numbers don't quite meet the mark of other highly-drafted Patriots receivers. (Ridley is expected by many experts to be the first receiver off the board.) His 31-inch vertical, 110-inch broad jump and 4.41-second shuttle leave something to be desired. His 40 time (4.43 seconds) and three-cone (6.88 seconds) are quick, though, so if he were to slip to No. 23, maybe the Patriots would consider him. The Alabama connection is there, and Ridley is as polished a route-runner as this class has to offer. 

JAMES WASHINGTON, OKLAHOMA STATE, 5-11, 213 


Washington posted some incredible numbers in the down-the-field-passing offense employed by the Cowboys. And while he's a solid athlete, he doesn't necessarily hit some of the markers other highly-drafted Patriots wideouts have. His 4.54-second 40 is relatively pedestrian in terms of what the Patriots typically like, as are his 7.11-second three-cone and 4.32-second short-shuttle. Washington's ability to track the deep ball may allow the Patriots to overlook some of his measurables. They reportedly met with him privately for a workout.

DYLAN CANTRELL, TEXAS TECH, 6-3, 212 


At first blush, Cantrell has the size and athleticism to be a Patriots type. His vertical (38.5 inches), broad jump (130 inches), three-cone (6.56 seconds) and short shuttle (4.03 seconds) are all excellent. The Patriots, if they take him, will have to get over his 4.59-second 40-yard dash, though. Unless Belichick and Caserio feel he plays faster than that, it could knock him down their board. In the mid-to-late rounds, though, Cantrell's certainly a fit.  

DaeSEAN HAMILTON, PENN STATE, 6-1, 203 


The route-running he showed on tape was crisp, and the change-of-direction times he posted at the combine - 6.84 three-cone, 4.15 short-shuttle - were solid. But otherwise, Hamilton didn't test extraordinarily well. His 4.54-second 40, his sub-35 inch vertical and his sub-10 foot broad jump might make it hard for the Patriots to call his name before Day 3.

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Prototypical Patriots: Time to pick up some Gronk insurance?

Prototypical Patriots: Time to pick up some Gronk insurance?

The Patriots have a situation on their hands. 

Their future Hall of Fame tight end hasn't yet popped his head in on the start of the team's offseason training program, and after making almost $11 million on an incentive-laden deal last season, it would come as no surprise if he would like to see his $8 million base salary for 2018 get bumped up. He's supposedly contemplating retirement. 

Though Gronkowski is still at the top of his game, his waffling means it's time for the Patriots to consider re-investing at his position. Though the upcoming draft isn't loaded with surefire Day 1 tight end options, the Day 2 crop is loaded. That could be where Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio strike, hoping to land their next do-it-all threat. 

Before we get to some names, let's lay out what the Patriots like at this spot. They've drafted 13 tight ends under Belichick, and some trends have emerged. Size, obviously, is important. The "prototype" falls in the 6-foot-4 range and a shade over 250 pounds. Big hands (about 10 inches) are also preferred. Athleticism matters, too. Quick 40 times (4.7-second range) and three-cone drills (7.0-second range) will help a player find his way onto the Patriots roster, as will an explosive vertical (35 inches or thereabouts). 

The Patriots probably won't find another Gronkowski any time soon. But by those parameters, they'll find a solid athlete with requisite size to handle the myriad tasks they ask their tight ends to execute. 

 

PROTOTYPES IN RANGE
DALLAS GOEDERT, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, 6-5, 256 POUNDS


Goedert didn't run the 40-yard dash at the combine or at his pro day, leaving teams to either have him run privately or . . . make their best guess as to how fast he is. The issue? He played a lower level of competition so while he looks like a dominant force on tape, some of those plays have to be taken with a grain of salt. Goedert's height, weight, hand size (10 inches) and arm length (34 inches) give him the makeup of a true dual-threat tight end in the Patriots system. And though we don't know his 40, his other testing numbers -- 35-inch vertical, 121-inch broad, 7.02-second three-cone -- indicate he's an explosive and agile athlete. Gronkowski was bigger (6-6, 264) and tested slightly below Goedert when it comes to those measures (7.18 three-cone, 33.5-inch vertical, 119-inch broad). They did the same number of bench reps at the combine (23). 

MIKE GESICKI, PENN STATE, 6-5, 247 


Gesicki's build gives him the look of a bigger receiver rather than a tight end capable of handling in-line blocking duties. The Patriots have taken players in the 245-pound range, but they've been more compact tight ends like Daniel Graham (6-3, 248), Garrett Mills (6-1, 241) and Aaron Hernandez (6-2, 245). Unless Gesicki can pack more weight onto his frame, he'd probably fall into the "move" tight end category. Wherever he ends up, his rare athleticism will help. Gesicki's 4.54-second 40 would be the second-fastest among tight ends drafted by Belichick in New England (Ben Watson had a 4.53). Gesicki had a blazing three-cone (6.76 seconds) as well, which was almost a tenth of a second faster than Hernandez's. Explosiveness? Gesicki has you covered there, too. His 129-inch broad and 41-.5-inch vertical break the mold on typical tight end thresholds. Gesicki's frame is a question mark when it comes to his Patriots fit, but he checks every other physical marker the Patriots typically draft, including hand size (10 1/8 inches) and arm length (34 inches).

IAN THOMAS, INDIANA, 6-4, 259

 

Thomas hasn't received much hype leading up to the draft in part because he was injured last season and had just two years at Indiana. But physically he has it all: height, weight, length (34 1/8-inch arms) and hand size (11 1/2 inches). Athletically, he hits all Patriots marks and then some with a 4.74-second 40, a 36-inch vertical, 123-inch broad and a 4.20 short shuttle. His three-cone drill is a little slower than where they typically like (7.15 seconds), but it was still more than two tenths faster than Watson's. If the Patriots are willing to mold him into more of a technician when it comes to his blocking and route-running, he could end up as a true multi-purpose tight end in their system. 

IMPERFECT BUT INTRIGUING
HAYDEN HURST, SOUTH CAROLINA, 6-4, 250


Where to start here? When compared to some other tight ends Belichick drafted to New England, Hurst compares favorably. His 4.67-second 40-yard is a hair faster than Gronkowski's and a hair slower than Hernandez's. His 1.63-second 10-yard split was actually better than that of Hernandez (1.65) and 2006 third-rounder David Thomas (1.64). He showed some explosion in the broad jump (120 inches), recording a better distance than Graham (118), Thomas (109) and Hernandez (111), all of whom measured similarly at their respective combines. But Hurst's vertical (31 1/2 inches) and change-of-direction testing (7.19-second three-cone, 4.37 short shuttle) didn't wow anyone. He's also a little undersized in terms of what the Patriots typically draft (32 1/8-inch arms). He may be a first-round pick, but judging by Belichick's history, that might be a little early for the Patriots. 

MARK ANDREWS, OKLAHOMA, 6-5, 256

Andrews is an interesting prospect because he has a good combination of size and speed (4.58-second 40). His change-of-direction and explosiveness, however, don't necessarily indicate he's an ideal Patriots fit. His 7.34-second three-cone drill won't help him, his 31-inch vertical was unimpressive, his broad jump (113 inches) was about average in terms of what the Patriots have drafted in the past, and his 4.38-second short-shuttle was not blazing. Those aren't crippling numbers. The Patriots have drafted worse athletes. But Andrews is expected to go in the first couple of rounds, which may be a little rich for Belichick.

DALTON SCHULTZ, STANFORD, 6-5, 244 

Schultz is another long-but-light prospect at the position. And his athletic testing numbers don't necessarily match up with the number in the weight column. His 7.00-second three-cone is good, and his 120-inch broad jump indicates there's some explosion there. But his vert (32 inches), short-shuttle (4.40 seconds) and 40 time (4.75 seconds) are average or worse. For someone with his build, the Patriots might prefer to see a better athlete. His arm length (31 1/4 inches) and hand size (9 1/4 inches) aren't ideal, but he was a two-year starter in a pro-style offense and he's thought to be one of the best blockers at his position in the class. Those elements of Schultz's game may get the Patriots interested in the middle rounds. Wisconsin's Troy Fumagali is a similar player in terms of his willingness as a blocker and his size (6-5, 247). He might be a better fit athletically, but he hasn't been able to do any athletic testing during the pre-draft process because of injury. 

DURHAM SMYTHE, NOTRE DAME, 6-5, 253 

Smythe has the kind of experience as an in-line player that the Patriots would appreciate. And he comes from a program they respect. But when it comes to the measurables, Smythe profiles as a less athletic than a typical Patriots draft pick. Smythe's 40 time (4.81), vertical (31 inches), broad jump (110 inches), bench (18 reps), and three-cone (7.17 seconds) are all below average compared against other Patriots tight ends drafted since 2000. His hand size (9 1/4 inches) and arm length (31 3/4 inches) are also less than ideal. Smythe's tape may earn him a job on Day 3 of the draft, but his athleticism would put him on the outer edges of the range of player the Patriots have drafted in the past. 

WILL DISSLY, WASHINGTON, 6-4, 262 

Man, if you want a blocking tight end, this seems to be your draft. Dissly falls into the same category. And from a Patriots perspective, he looks the part of an in-line type. Athletically . . . that's another story. Dissly's vertical (28 inches), broad jump (111 inches), short-shuttle (4.4 seconds) and 40 time (4.87) aren't going to rocket him up draft boards. His three-cone is solid for someone his size (7.07 seconds), and his hands (9 3/4 inches) and arms (33 1/4 inches) meet the mark for the Patriots. Still, he's a Day 3 choice. 


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Prototypical Patriots: Rosen, Lauletta check plenty of boxes at quarterback

Prototypical Patriots: Rosen, Lauletta check plenty of boxes at quarterback

When we did our "Prototypical Patriots" series last year, we conveniently left quarterbacks out. Why include them? At that time, Bill Belichick already had three on his roster: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. The likelihood of the team investing in another seemed slim. 

These days the picture at that position has taken a much different shape, and the Patriots front office has been doing its due diligence on all types of passers in this class. So now we'll dive in, too. 

This is a difficult position to peg when trying to decipher what might interest the Patriots. Whereas at other positions where there are measurables to help us come up with a "prototype" -- things like heights, weights and 40-yard dash times -- at quarterback, what seems to matter most is what goes on upstairs. Physical traits are important, but qualities like anticipation, reaction time and leadership skills are vital, and those are harder to quantify at pro days or the NFL Scouting Combine in Indy.

Yet, here we are, trying to come up with features of a prototypical Patriots quarterback. The easiest way for us to go about it -- for this exercise, at least -- is to take those unquantifiable aspects of a player's game and leave them out. That's obviously where much of the work has been done this offseason by Patriots scouts and coaches looking at potential quarterback fits. But we'll stick with the measurements and a handful of important quarterbacking numbers -- stats that will help us come up with an idea of a passer's accuracy and decision-making, the two key factors to playing the position, per Belichick -- to get as close as we can to the ideal Patriots passer.

What we found, based on prior drafts, is that the Patriots have typically drafted quarterbacks who played in Power 5 conferences and are 6-foot-3 or taller (though their lone first or second-round selection, Jimmy Garoppolo, was 6-2 and played FCS football). Their hands usually measure more than 9 inches (though 2008 third-rounder Kevin O'Connell didn't hit that mark). Their career touchdown-to-interception ratio averaged out to be 2.2-to-1. Their yards per attempt was often 7.5 or better. And they normally completed better than 60 percent of their passes. 

Looking at all of those factors -- as well as other measurements and athletic testing numbers -- here's a look at how this year's class of quarterbacks meshes with what the Patriots have drafted in the past. 

 

CREAM OF THE CROP

JOSH ROSEN, UCLA, 6-4, 226 POUNDS

Rosen's release, his footwork and his ability to read a defense will all help him be drafted in the top five, in all likelihood. Physically and athletically, he falls within every Patriots threshold. Statistically -- with a better than 2-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, an 8.0 yards per attempt average and a 60.9 completion percentage -- he checks every box. 

SAM DARNOLD, USC, 6-3, 221 POUNDS

Darnold is a better athlete than Rosen so he cleared every measurable test for the Patriots with ease. His hands aren't as big (9 3/8 inches versus 9 7/8), which docks him slightly here, but they're big enough. Garoppolo's hands were 9 1/4 inches. His ratio (57-to-22 touchdowns-to-picks), yards per attempt (8.5) and completion percentage (64.9) are all stellar. 

PROTOTYPES IN RANGE

KYLE LAULETTA, RICHMOND, 6-3, 222 POUNDS

This isn't how the board stacks up in most rankings, but based on the quantifiable information we've assembled, Lauletta is one of the best fits for the Patriots in this draft. His height, weight and hand size (9 3/4 inches) are all on point. Athletically, he was one of the best at this year's combine among quarterbacks. That he didn't play top-tier competition hurts him slightly here, as does his sub-standard arm length (at 30 5/8 inches, he'd have the shortest arms of any passer drafted by the Patriots since 2000). But his numbers -- 73 touchdowns, 35 picks, 8.8 yards per attempt, 63.5 percent completions -- should make him an attractive fit in New England. And, again, we're not accounting for intangibles here . . . which by all accounts, for Lauletta, are very good. 

MIKE WHITE, WESTERN KENTUCKY, 6-5, 224 POUNDS

It's no surprise that Nick Caserio made a trip to the Hilltoppers pro day, where White put his arm strength on display. He looks like a Patriots quarterback. He doesn't have the Power 5 experience, and he was dreadfully slow in the three-cone (his 7.4-second time would be the slowest of any quarterback Belichick has drafted in New England), but he checks out elsewhere. And more important than the athletic testing numbers, White's production (74 touchdowns, 31 picks, 8.1 yards per attempt, 62 percent completions) was solid. 

RILEY FERGUSON, MEMPHIS, 6-3, 212 POUNDS

This is where relying on the quantifiable can make things a little screwy. Based on physical measurements, athletic testing and college production . . . Ferguson looks like one of the best quarterback fits in the class for the Patriots. He's thin but tall, with good-sized hands (9 5/8 inches) and relatively impressive quickness (6.96-second three-cone). His numbers (70 touchdowns to 19 picks, 8.7 yards per attempt, 63.1 percent completions) are tremendous. His release is considered slow and he sometimes can be antsy in the pocket, which is why he's considered a late-round choice. But based on the measurables and numbers, he looks like a Patriots fit. 

MASON RUDOLPH, OKLAHOMA STATE, 6-5, 235 POUNDS

Rudolph is the big pocket passer with the overwhelming statistical production that indicates he would be a Patriots fit. His hand size (9 1/8 inches) could be seen as an issue, and his quickness would be considered lumbering by Patriots standards (his 4.56 short shuttle would be the slowest of any quarterback Belichick has drafted since 2000). His numbers for the Cowboys, though boosted in part by their hurry-up spread system, are remarkable: 92 touchdowns to 26 interceptions, 94 yards per attempt, 63.2 percent completions. 

CHAD KANOFF, PRINCETON, 6-4, 219 POUNDS

Scroll down the list of measurements and Kanoff crosses off just about ever one as a solid fit. Height, weight, hand size (10 1/4 inches) and arm length (33 3/4 inches) are all prototypical. His 40 time is fast enough (5.03 seconds), and his vertical is impressive (32.5 inches). When it comes to his production, he barely missed a couple of the ideal marks on our radar. Barely. His touchdown-to-interception ratio was a hair below 2-to-1 (43-to-22), and his yards per attempt were a tick below 7.5 (7.4). His completion percentage was more than solid enough (64.5), and it's no wonder the Patriots have reportedly met with Kanoff more than once in the pre-draft process. 

IMPERFECT BUT INTRIGUING

JOSH ALLEN, WYOMING, 6-5, 237 POUNDS

Allen looks like a prototypical Patriots quarterback. He just didn't play like one. That's what knocks him so far down this list. His height, weight and athleticism more than fits the bill for what the Patriots want. But to not have played a Power 5 schedule, to narrowly hit the 2-to-1 touchdown-to-interception marker (44-to-21), and to only complete 56.2 percent of his passes for his career? Looks, in this case, can be deceiving. Kevin O'Connell (57.7 percent) has the lowest career completion percentage of any quarterback drafted to the Patriots by Belichick. 

LAMAR JACKSON, LOUISVILLE, 6-2, 216 POUNDS

At this position, it's safe to say Jackson is one of the best athletes to ever enter the NFL Draft. Even without having participated in some of the athletic testing during the pre-draft process, we can say he'd be the fastest quarterback the Patriots have ever selected. And in terms of his size, he checks every box. His height might not be ideal, but he's tall enough, and his hands (9.5 inches) and arms (33 1/8) fall within what the Patriots like. His career completion percentage (57.0) falls a shade below O'Connell's, knocking him down this list, but his other passing marks are strong (69 touchdowns to 27 picks, 8.3 yards per attempt), and the Patriots might be willing to work with his inconsistencies given his big-play potential. 

LOGAN WOODSIDE, TOLEDO, 6-1, 215 POUNDS

Do the Patriots have a cutoff when it comes to height at this position? They've never drafted a quarterback shorter than 6-2, but if they'd be willing to look past that number . . . Woodside is about as good a fit as any. His hands (9 3/4 inches) are plenty big, and his arm length (31 inches) falls within the threshold established by quarterbacks the Patriots have drafted before. Athletically, he's solid across the board. Production-wise, even though he wasn't in a Power 5 conference, Woodside was great (93 touchdowns to 25 picks, 9.0 yards per attempt, 65.1 percent completions). If the Patriots can get past Woodside's height, the Patriots could pounce in the late rounds. Caserio made a trip to Ohio to see Woodside in person. 

LUKE FALK, WASHINGTON STATE, 6-4, 215

Falk is difficult to assess in an exercise like this one where measurables mean something. He simply doesn't have any numbers for some of the athletic tests like the 40-yard dash, the three-cone and the short shuttle. Judging by his tape, that might've been a wise move. He's not an athlete. But it knocks him down the list here. If it weren't for some questions about his athleticism, Falk's size and production might bump him into the "Realistic Prototypes" range. He has the height to scan a defense, his hands match Garoppolo's, and in an "Air Raid" offense he threw a whopping 119 touchdown passes compared to just 39 picks. 

NIC SHIMONEK, TEXAS TECH, 6-3, 220 POUNDS

Another tall passer with decent statistical production, Shimonek is likely a late-round pick or a priority free agent, but he shouldn't be completely dismissed. His hand size (9.25 inches), 40 time (4.88 seconds), short shuttle (4.32) and vertical (28.5) aren't going to blow anyone away, but they seem to meet Patriots standards. His three-cone is glacial (7.28 seconds), and his arms (30 3/4 inches) are short. But in his brief time as a starter he put up an 8.0 yards per attempt average, a 66.4 completion percentage and a 39-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio. 

WOULD BE BREAKING THE MOLD

BAKER MAYFIELD, OKLAHOMA, 6-1, 215 POUNDS

When it comes to his physical profile, Mayfield simply isn't a prototype. He's short (for the Patriots). His hands are on the small end, though acceptable (9 1/4). And his arms are less-than-ideal in length (30 1/4). Athletically, like Woodside, he's fine. Not elite. His production, meanwhile? Elite. Would the Patriots be willing to look past the measurements -- and willing to trade up into the top 10 -- to grab a quarterback with numbers like Mayfield's (131 touchdowns to 30 picks, 9.8 yards per attempt, 68.5 percent completions)? 

CHASE LITTON, MARSHALL, 6-5, 230 POUNDS

Litton has all the size the Patriots could ever want, but athletically he's stressing the bounds of the team's thresholds. His three-cone time (7.49 seconds) would be the slowest of any quarterback drafted by Belichick in New England. His 4.53-second short shuttle would tie for the worst, matching Jacoby Brissett. His yards per attempt (7.0) don't exactly reflect a big-armed quarterback, but his touchdown-to-interception ratio (72-to-31) and completion percentage (60.8) are fine. It's about athleticism with him.

KURT BENKERT, VIRGINIA, 6-3, 218 POUNDS

Another tall and lanky passer, Benkert meets just about every threshold when it comes to size and athleticism. His production, though, is lacking. His 57.7 completion percentage would tie O'Connell for the worst of any quarterback drafted by Belichick's Patriots, and his 6.3 yards per attempt would set a new low. Tanner Lee of Nebraska is another prospect who looks the part but had numbers that would seem to rule him out (46 touchdowns, 37 picks, 6.5 yards per attempt, 55.2 percent completions). 

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