As the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine approaches, the New England Patriots will be putting the finishing touches on their evaluations of their top 2014 NFL draft targets.
While actual game play always trumps drills done in spandex, the combine provides NFL teams with an easy way to compare players' athletic skills on an even playing field. In addition, the medical and personal information gathered at the combine is invaluable for teams looking for reasons to cross players off their lists of potential draft picks.
Here are eight players—including two sleepers—that Patriots fans should get to know before the combine starts.
Note: Players were selected based on scheme fit, positional need, projected availability and overall talent.