Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
Cornerback is a spot that Bill Belichick has repeatedly swung and missed on. Terrence Wheatley, Darius Butler, Ras-I Dowling—the list goes on. This being the case, the team is still looking for a man to hold down the fort as the team's top option at the position.
Standing in at 6'1", Florida State's Rhodes is a bigger corner like Dowling, the kind of player team's look for to match up against some of the taller receivers around the league. Rhodes, unlike Dowling though, can stay on the field and produce.
He has three interceptions on the year, but teams mainly stay away from his side of the field. He will have an opportunity to make more plays on the ball when he is in the NFL next season and is being tested out.
On paper, he with Alfonzo Dennard would give the Patriots a stout young pair of corners that could help develop what was been an extremely underwhelming secondary in recent years. Like Dennard, he is a bit of physical corner and could give New England a duo that could be a tough bunch like the Brandon Browner/Richard Sherman pairing in Seattle.