Some of the Patriots' draft picks could be on this list of top-30 visits

The New England Patriots logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
The New England Patriots logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Thanks to numerous reports, we know more than half of the prospects who met with the Patriots ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft. One or more of them could be calling Foxboro home this weekend.

Realistically, the Pats will select maybe one or two of the prospects listed below. Last year they met privately with Florida cornerback Duke Dawson, whom they drafted with the 57th overall pick in 2018. They also met with two eventual sixth-round picks, Miami receiver Braxton Berrios and Arizona State linebacker Christian Sam. Top-30 visits aren't the best predictor, but it's not impossible for one of these names to end up a Patriot.

Unless it's all a giant smokescreen, the Patriots' top-30 visits suggest a focus on offense in the 2019 draft class. Receivers, tight ends, and even quarterbacks litter the list. Considering the relatively barren future of the cupboard at those positions - and that many of the best players in their range play those positions - it should surprise no one if they go the offensive route early. Even if it's for a QB.

Here's a quick list of the reported top-30 visits for NFL Draft prospects with the Patriots. Only 20 are known publicly, based on the reporting.

 

Name Pos. College Source
Johnathan Abram S Mississippi State Tom Pelissero
Ben Banogu DE TCU Justin M
Miles Boykin WR Notre Dame Jared Tokarz
A.J. Brown WR Ole Miss James Palmer
Yodny Cajuste OL West Virginia Ian Rapoport
Blake Cashman LB Minnesota Darren Wolfson
Noah Fant TE Iowa Tom Pelissero
Will Grier QB West Virginia Ian Rapoport
Mecole Hardman WR Georgia Billy Marshall
N'Keal Harry WR Arizona State Mike Garafolo
Jalen Hurd WR Baylor Mike Reiss
Gary Jennings WR West Virginia Aaron Wilson
Daniel Jones QB Duke Ian Rapoport
Kingsley Keke DT Texas A&M Aaron Wilson
Kaleb McGary OL Wasington Aaron Wilson
Deebo Samuel WR South Carolina Tom Pelissero
Jace Sternberger TE Texas A&M Jared Tokarz
Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn Tom Pelissero
Clayton Thorson QB Northwestern Tom Pelissero
Joejuan Williams CB Vanderbilt Jon Ledyard

 

A handful of these names could be off the board by pick No. 32. If Bill Belichick truly covets the likes of Iowa tight end Noah Fant, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, or Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram, he may need to move up a few spots.

But there are plenty of prospects in here who are more likely to land in the second round. So you can peg guys like South Carolina receiver Deebo Samuel, Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger, or Washington offensive lineman Kaleb McGary as possibilities to be the next Dawson.

And even still! This list could be a harbinger of their picks in the latter half of the NFL Draft. West Virginia receiver Gary Jennings, Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson, and Minnesota linebacker Blake Cashman fit that mold.

There are 10 top-30 visits that remain unknown publicly. So it's fair to expect the unexpected, too. But keep all these names in mind ahead of the NFL Draft this weekend.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at [email protected].