New England Patriots

The Patriots could be targeting a wide receiver with one of their first draft picks.

Texas A&M wideout Christian Kirk told reporters at his Pro Day that he’s planning to visit the Patriots, in addition to the Panthers, Cowboys, and Seahawks, according to draft analyst Billy Marshall (h/t NESN’s Doug Kyed). Kirk made 71 catches for 919 yards and 10 touchdowns in his junior season with the Aggies.

Kirk is projected as a second or third-round pick on NFL.com, which describes him as a tough, sure-handed, competitive slot receiver. He definitely sounds like the kind of receiver that would fit well in the Patriots system and have great potential working with Tom Brady. The Pats may also like the fact that he can return both punts and kickoffs.

If the Patriots really like Kirk, they may have to target him with the 43rd or 63rd pick. His selection would irk those who feel the Pats should go all in on defense in the draft (or even left tackle). But if they do take the plunge with Kirk, he certainly sounds like the kind of wideout that would have a chance to pay off if he can click with Brady.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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