Bill Belichick has been spotted at an actual Pro Day ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft – and it’s not to scout a quarterback.
As reported by Andrew Groover of the NFL Network on Monday, Belichick is in Miami to attend pre-draft workouts and potentially meet with prospects out of “The U.” The two most high-profile prospects coming out of Miami, however, are on the defensive side of the ball.
There are at least two names to know for anyone closely monitoring the top of the 2021 NFL Draft, and they’re both defensive linemen: Gregory Rousseau and Jaelan Phillips. Both players have been projected to be selected in various spots from the middle to the end of the first round. So if Belichick covets either Rousseau or Phillips, he would likely need to take them with the No. 15 pick – or, if he trades down, somewhere form 16-32. (Update: According to ESPN draft analyst Jim Nagy, Belichick was indeed watching the pass-rushers during the Pro Day).
Other notable names to know out of Miami are defensive lineman Quincy Roche and tight end Brevin Jordan, both of which are projected as day 2 picks at best. It’s unlikely Belichick is in the market for a tight end at this point, but Roche is another player to keep an eye on for New England.
Defensive line depth remains among the key tasks left on Belichick’s plate ahead of the next wave of free agency, the draft, and off-season workouts on the horizon. Scroll down to read more about the Patriots’ to-do list.
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