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.
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:
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
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.
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.