With just more than two weeks until the NFL draft, the New England Patriots have been busy scouting players and scheduling visits in Foxboro. Tyrann Mathieu, Marcus Lattimore, Desmond Trufant and Dion Jordan are just a few of the names Patriots fans have been hearing whispers about in recent weeks.
The fact that New England is even talking with Jordan indicates the team is interested in making some trades on draft day, since he’s a consensus top-10 pick.
Their interest in Mathieu leads one to believe they won’t shy away from a perceived character risk if they think the talent is worth the gamble.
Lattimore is interesting because any team drafting him is taking a major gamble on his ability to produce despite two surgically repaired ACLs. Maybe the Patriots’ interest in him means they simply don’t want their current starters growing complacent and hope to bring in some competition.
Trufant makes a ton of sense and only reinforces the widely held belief that they’ll take a cornerback early.
Trading draft picks, taking character risks, drafting a player at a position they don’t need and, of course, drafting a cornerback would make for an exciting and, at times, perplexing draft for the Patriots and their fans.
Spoiler alert: I have them doing all of those things, although not necessarily in the ways you might expect.
Note: All combine stats courtesy of NFL.com/combine