A three-year contributor at Missouri, Gillespie showed he was a competent safety both playing deep and in the box. He had a habit of showing up most in the biggest games. Against Florida last year, he covered Kyle Pitts as well as any SEC defensive back. In addition to his positional versatility and big-game makeup, Gillespie was a key special teams contributor both in coverage and as a returner. Currently a projected mid-Day 3 pick, the Patriots could look to bring him in as an immediate special teams contributor, with a long-term plan to develop him as a free safety.