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Michael Brockers has paid a visit to the Patriots.
The Patriots have brought in some intriguing athletes to Foxboro for private meetings. These pre-draft checkups must be taken with a grain of salt, but they at least indicate that the Patriots have some interest in a player.
Last year, New England cancelled a visit with Colorado tackle Nate Solder, then drafted him in round one. So, visits aren't everything, but it's certainly a step toward drafting a player.
Melvin Ingram, linebacker, South Carolina
According to ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss, Ingram has visited the Patriots' facilities recently. The 6'1", 264-pound Gamecock is valued as one of the draft's elite pass-rushers. He can play defensive end in 4-3 scheme, or play outside linebacker in a 3-4 front. Ingram's talent level is unlikely to be available at New England's pick 27 of round one. However, would the Patriots trade up for him?
Michael Brockers, defensive lineman, LSU
On April 5, Brockers was seen within the confines of Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium. The 6'5", 322-pound 3-4 defensive end is a presence on the edge. His play-style has been linked to former Pats' end Richard Seymour. Brockers is projected to be taken in the middle of the first round, but the Patriots might make a move on the LSU Tiger.
Bruce Irvin, defensive end / outside linebacker, West Virginia
Irvin, who wasn't allowed to play high school football due to a poor GPA, has a scheduled visit with the Patriots. The 6'3", 245-pound pass-rusher hasn't had an easy road to the NFL, but his play-making abilities may push his personal struggles to the side.
Omar Bolden, cornerback, Arizona State
Sun Devils' defensive back Omar Bolden spent some time in Foxboro last month. The corner offers good size at 5'10", 202 pounds and is blessed with quickness. He defends well in both zone and man coverage which could assist in his development in the NFL. Bolden also can be utilized as a return man, which makes him a versatile option. He tore his ACL last season, but Bolden could be a third-round pick.
Chris Rainey, running back, Florida
Lyle Fitzsimmons of CBSsports.com reports that the Pats recently worked out Gators' running back Chris Rainey. At Florida, he totaled 2,464 rush yards, 69 catches, 19 TDs and six blocked punts. Rainey is not expected to be drafted early, but the Patriots are intrigued by his Swiss Army knife ability.
David Wilson, running back, Virginia Tech
The Hokies' ball carrier has a visit to Gillette on his calendar, according to Mary Paoletti of CSNNE.com. David Wilson was named the ACC's player of the year in 2011, after running for 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns. The junior proved to be a special athlete at the NFL Scouting Combine where he ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and posted a vertical leap of 41 inches. Wilson could be chosen as early as round two.
Markelle Martin, safety, Oklahoma State
The Cowboys safety has visited with the Patriots organization. Martin, is a tough hitter whose athleticism could make him a scary free safety at the next level. The Patriots are in the market for a safety, and at 6-foot-1, 207-pounds, Martin could fit the billing.