The New England Patriots are definitely in the receiver market this offseason. They have done extensive work on players this offseason, as they offered a big deal to try and bring Adam Humphries to the team.
Despite the minor additions they made, the Patriots are still in the market for a receiver. According to NFL Network's Mike Giardi and Mike Garafolo, the Patriots are set to visit with a couple of receiver prospects from the 2019 NFL Draft, Arizona State's N'Keal Harry and Notre Dame's Miles Boykin.
This marks the 2nd WR we know of who will be taking a pre-draft visit to NE, along with Notre Dame's Miles Boykin. https://t.co/6hcHrsF5Yv— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) March 29, 2019
This comes after the Patriots reportedly met with A.J. Brown, a wide receiver from Ole Miss.
With Rob Gronkowski retiring and the team lacking solid receiving options outside of Julian Edelman, the interest in the receiver position makes sense. And Harry and Boykin represent two solid possibilities for the Patriots.
Harry is the better of the two prospects and is considered to be a potential first-round pick. The 6-2 receiver had back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons at Arizona State and performed well at the combine, logging a 4.53 time in the 40-yard dash while doing 27 reps on the bench press.
Similar to Harry, Boykin is a tall receiver (6-4) who also performed well at the combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds and logged an impressive 3-cone time of 6.77 seconds. He had a productive senior season at Notre Dame (59 catches, 872 yards, and eight touchdowns) but didn't produce much in his other three seasons with the Fighting Irish, playing in 13 games and catching 18 total passes.
Whether or not the Patriots take either of these players, it's clear that the squad is interested in add receiving help to their team. Expect them to look to add young playmakers and pass catchers at some point in the draft to give Tom Brady some new weapons to throw to.
In addition to the receiver position, the Patriots have taken a hard look at the top tight ends from the 2019 draft class.
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