By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Add Texas A&M defensive lineman to the list of prospects visiting the Patriots as part of the team's top-30 meetings ahead of the NFL Draft.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported on Thursday that Keke is visiting the Patriots, as well as the Lions, Broncos, and Cowboys. He's also expected to work out privately for the Bills, Titans, and Saints.
Keke is listed as a defensive end at NFL.com and ranks ninth at the position. He has a 5.61 grade, indicating a "chance to become NFL starter". He started all 12 games for the Aggies in his senior season, finishing second on the team with 6 sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
His versatility may intrigue Bill Belichick and the Patriots. In fact he won the "Mr. Versatile" award at Texas A&M after shedding 20 pounds and moving from defensive tackle to defensive end for his senior year. But the majority of Keke's time with the Aggies and his ultimate projection at the NFL level is more of an interior pass rusher type.
Keke also has experience in a two-gap defensive system as well as a more aggressive one-gap scheme. His draft stock appears to land him in rounds 3-4 due to a relative lack of explosiveness and questions about how he'll fit on an NFL defense. But his ability to play a variety of roles in multiple systems is ostensibly drawing interest out of Foxborough. If any team can find a way to utilize him effectively, it's the Patriots.
It wouldn't be the first time Belichick drafted a defensive lineman out of Texas A&M. He picked Ty Warren from the Aggies in the first round back in 2003. Warren himself seems impressed with what he's seen from Keke.
Armed with three third-round picks and a fourth, Belichick will have no shortage of opportunities to draft Keke if he's interested enough after their private meeting.
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