With no NFL Combine this year, the rumors of teams meeting with draft prospects have been scarce. However, some are starting to trickle out, including the Patriots talking to one of the fastest players in college football.
According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, the Patriots are one of eight teams to virtually meet with Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz. The speedster is currently projected as a fourth-round pick.
In three seasons for the Tigers, Schwartz has been a consistent producer. As a junior in 2020, he caught 54 passes for 636 yards and three touchdowns. He was also used as a runner in Auburn’s scheme, with 42 career carries for 323 yards and seven rushing TDs.
Schwartz is a two-sport athlete for Auburn, where he runs track in addition to playing football. He’s won three medals running track in international competition – gold in 2017 and 2018 in the U20 4x100m relay, and silver in the 2018 U20 100m. Like you may expect, his speed is the first thing that stands out when watching him play.
As is typically the case with track stars turned football players, the questions in Schwartz’s game surround his lateral quickness, as well as his durability. He plays more physically than most guys his size, but his 6-foot, 179-pound frame could limit him at times in the pros.
The Patriots haven’t been opposed to signing such players in the past. Following the 2012 Olympics, the Patriots signed sprinter and former Florida Gator running back Jeff Demps. He spent his lone season with the team on IR before being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for LeGarrette Blount.
If the Patriots were to draft Schwartz, it could continue what has become somewhat of a pipeline between Auburn and New England. When Schwartz was a freshman at Auburn, his QB was then-junior Jarrett Stidham. The Patriots also signed a pair of Auburn UDFA’s last season in wide receiver Will Hastings and defensive lineman Nick Coe. Other former Tigers on the roster included Jonathan Jones, Brandon King, and of course, Cam Newton.
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