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NFL Combine tracker: Patriots have met with these notable prospects

NFL Combine tracker: Patriots have met with these notable prospects

The New England Patriots are still waiting on Tom Brady's free-agent decision. But don't worry: They're making good use of their time.

The Patriots and the rest of the NFL descended on Indianapolis this week for the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, where hundreds of top prospects will work out and conduct interviews between now and Sunday.

According to reporters in Indy, New England already has begun talking to several of those prospects as it gears up for the 2020 NFL Draft.

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That's standard procedure, but it's still worth noting who the Patriots meet with to get a sense of what they consider their primary draft needs come April.

With that in mind, below is a running list of the notable prospects who have met with the Patriots (formally or informally) to date:

Quarterback

Jordan Love, Utah State
Jake Fromm, Georgia
Jake Luton, Oregon State
James Morgan, Florida International (at East-West Shrine Game)

Wide Receiver

Tee Higgins, Clemson
KJ Hill, Ohio State
Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
James Proche, SMU
Michael Pittman, USC
Jalen Reagor, TCU
Denzel Mims, Baylor
KJ Hamler, Penn State
Aaron Parker, Rhode Island (at East-West Shrine Game)
Van Jefferson, Florida (at Senior Bowl)
Malcolm Perry, Navy
Tyrie Cleveland, Florida 
Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty 

Tight End

Adam Trautman, Dayton
Hunter Bryant, Washington
Jacob Breeland, Oregon
Stephen Sullivan, LSU
Jared Pinkey, Vanderbilt

Offensive Line

Austin Jackson, USC
Jonah Jackson, Ohio State
Solomon Kindley, Georgia
Shane Lemieux, Oregon
Damien Lewis, LSU
John Molchon, Boise State
Lucas Niang, TCU
Matt Peart, UConn
Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
Terence Steele, Texas Tech
Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
Alex Taylor, South Carolina St.

Jake Hanson, Oregon

Running back

Eno Benjamin, Arizona State 
Darius Anderson, TCU
Joshua Kelley, UCLA 

Kicker

Tyler Bass, Georgia Southern

Each NFL team is allowed 45 formal interviews with players at the combine, and the Patriots seemingly are allocating a good amount of those interviews to offensive skill players.

That's no surprise: New England will be in the market for a QB if Brady departs in free agency and could use upgrades at both wide receiver and tight end regardless of whether Brady stays or goes.

Happy 3-28, Patriots fans! That could mean only one thing

Happy 3-28, Patriots fans! That could mean only one thing

While this quarantined life most of us have been living has some of us losing track of dates and even days of the week, here's a reminder that it is indeed March 28.

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That would be 3-28.

And in New England, 3-28 brings to mind one thing.

Super Bowl LI.

The Patriots, of course, were on the 3 end, and the Atlanta Falcons 28, when late in the third quarter, New England's comeback began. The rest is happy history for Patriots fans. 

So, on 3-28, guess what's trending on Twitter? It's Saturday, by the way. 

New Orleans Saints fans like to remind their NFC South rivals what day it is, too:

To get a good look at the comeback, you can tune into FOX Sunday at 3 when the Patriots' 34-28 victory is re-aired.

 

Report: Patriots do FaceTime interviews with NFL Draft prospects

Report: Patriots do FaceTime interviews with NFL Draft prospects

As a result of the coronavirus crisis, FaceTiming has become the way of the world for NFL teams interviewing college prospects ahead of the April 23-25 draft.

The Patriots are no exception. They've held FaceTime interviews with several players, Justin Melo of Draft Wire reports. Among them LSU guard Damien Lewis, Boise State offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland and Michigan State defensive line teammates Kenny Willekes and Raequan Williams.

Lewis, 6-foot-3, 322 pounds, was a second-team All-SEC selection and part of a unit for the national champion Tigers that won the Joe Moore Award as the nation's best college O-line. He projects as a "scheme-specific" starter by The Draft Network, better in a pass-heavy offense.

Cleveland, 6-6, 311, is projected as a mid-round pick. One of the draft's more athletic tackles, he ran a 4.93 40-yard-dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, the only O-lineman to crack 5.00. 

Willekes, 6-4, 252,  returned from a broken leg for his senior season and earned a second-team All-Big Ten spot after leading the Spartans with 16 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks and is projected as high as a late first-rounder. Williams, 6-4, 300,  is projected as Day 3 project type pick by NFL.com.