Two projected top-15 picks had their Pro Day workouts on Friday, and representatives from the Patriots were present at both. Quarterback and offensive tackle are both positions of need for the team, so these situations are worth keeping an eye on.
In Provo, the Patriots had Eliot Wolf, one of their top front office executives, in attendance at BYU’s workouts per Albert Breer. That session was highlighted of course by QB Zach Wilson, who some believe could be the second quarterback off the board in April. With the Patriots in position to move up in the draft, could this be an indication they plan to push the top 5?
Wilson wasn’t the only player there for Wolf to watch – the Cougars had 20 players going through drills. That included wide receiver Dax Milne, who the team reportedly had a pre-draft meeting with earlier this month. Offensive tackle Brady Christensen and defensive lineman Khyiris Tonga also project as fits for New England, and worked out on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Patriots also had two scouts and offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo in attendance at Virginia Tech, as reported by Mike Giardi. Hokies’ offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw is projected as a mid-first round pick, as the second or third tackle off the board. Both of the Patriots’ starting tackles are on one-year contracts, so they could view Darrisaw as an investment in staying ahead of the curve roster-wise. With the juggling of picks taking place Friday afternoon, could the Patriots look to sit at 15 and sure up a very important spot on the roster?
There’s still two more weeks of Pro Days around college football, ending on April 9. After that, we should get a much clearer picture of what the draft board could look like come late April.
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