Bill Belichick and members of his Patriots staff will be in Indianapolis this week for the scouting combine, ready to grill and examine an array of prospects to help get a clearer picture of who might be Patriots material.
While most of the real scouting work will be done via film study, the combine gives teams the chance to meet with the athletes and get a real sense of who they are as people, while also getting a clear picture on injury history and their measurables for strength and speed. For teams like the Patriots who run complicated systems, they are able to put prospects up on the board and test their X-and-O acumen.
The combine is just one small part of the scouting process, but it's an important one. Here's what Belichick and the Patriots might be looking to explore more thoroughly.