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When it comes to the Patriots’ recent performance, owner Robert Kraft is making his disappointment clear. And he’s doing the same when it comes to his expectations for quarterback Mac Jones.

Kraft spoke to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe for a new feature story focused around Jones, whom everyone in the organization and every fan in New England hopes will take a big step forward in his second season. Jones threw 22 touchdown passes as a rookie, and posted a 92.5 passer rating, good for 15th in the NFL.

“This year will be very telling,” Kraft told Howe of Jones and the 2022 Patriots. “To come into something as new as this, as established, I think he got beat up pretty bad, and he kept coming back and getting up and really doing some great stuff. Just the way he handles himself, he took some real beatings and hopped up. He has developed a good relationship with the whole cadre of receivers. I’m very happy with what I’ve seen. But this is a big year, the second year.”

Much of the focus on the Patriots’ 2022 off-season has been about their relative inactivity in free agency and the major additions around the AFC at wide receiver. Kraft is echoing Bill Belichick’s recent sentiment that the team instead hopes for big improvements from guys who disappointed in 2021 (Jonnu Smith, Nelson Agholor), and another step forward for players who fit in well (Kendrick Bourne, Hunter Henry).

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But despite concerns that the Patriots continue to fall behind in terms of the talent around their quarterback, the more important question is the direction Jones’ career takes in year 2. On paper, can he approach the regular season performance of the Bengals’ Joe Burrow in his sophomore season? Burrow threw for 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions, finishing with a 108.3 passer rating, second-best in the league behind Aaron Rodgers.

Asking Jones to have a top-2 passer rating seems like a big ask. But could he crack the top-10? Patrick Mahomes took the 10th spot in 2021 with a 98.5 rating. That would be about a 6.5-percent improvement for Jones from his rookie year. This Patriots roster probably needs a little more than that.

Still, there are factors outside of Jones’ control that could themselves lead to improved QB production and more points on the board. The Patriots played conservatively in the passing game for much of 2021 as they brought Jones along, particularly in the red zone. With Josh McDaniels gone and Belichick likely to take on a bigger role coordinating the offense, it would be unsurprising to see the Pats take a more aggressive aerial approach now that Jones has a year under his belt.

If Jones can start to make more plays through the air while maintaining solid decision-making, his numbers will certainly improve. But even still, would it lead to more wins? Jones’ performance under pressure, both against pass-rushers and in high-leverage situations, will ultimately define him, as it does any quarterback.

And as Kraft seems to believe, it could define the Patriots’ 2022 season as well.

Bill Belichick fields questions on Malcolm Butler, free agency and more

  • It’s been a while since reporters have had direct access to Belichick, and there’s plenty to ask the Patriots head coach about since the start of the 2022 off-season. Belichick was his typical concise self, but took the time at the NFL league meeting to field questions about the whole range of Patriots topics. Here are the most notable things Belichick addressed, in so many words.

    On the return of Malcolm Butler…

    Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots reacts with Eric Rowe #25 after intercepting Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots reacts with Eric Rowe #25 after intercepting Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    On re-signing Butler: “He indicated a desire to play this year, and we worked through the process with Malcolm like we do with every player. Obviously we know him, but he came up [for a visit] and, so, we signed him. Look forward to having him back.”

    On Super Bowl LII: “That’s all old news.”

    On his relationship with Butler now: “Good, great, glad to have him back.”

  • On free agency…

    Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the first half in the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Highmark Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

    Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the first half in the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Highmark Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)

    On the lack of spending this year: “Spent a lot of money last year. Those guys are all young, they’re under contract.”

    On the future outlook for the roster: “I think some of the players that we have on the roster, hopefully, will take a step up. But we’ll see. We’ll have other players, there will be new players here. See what happens with them.”

  • On the offensive coaching staff…

    Head Coach Joe Judge of the New York Giants leaves the field after being defeated by the Washington Football Team 22-7 at MetLife Stadium on January 09, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Head Coach Joe Judge of the New York Giants leaves the field after being defeated by the Washington Football Team 22-7 at MetLife Stadium on January 09, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    On Joe Judge and Matt Patricia coaching the offense: “Great to have Joe Judge back, and Matt [Patricia], of course. They’re two really good coaches, along with some of the other coaches we have offensively, [tight ends coach] Nick Caley, [wide receivers/kick returners coach] Troy [Brown], and so forth, guys that were here last year. We’re working through it. [We’ll] do the best we can here.”

    On replacing Josh McDaniels: “I think Matt and Joe are pretty good coaches. Josh is a great coach, but we’ve gone through that in multiple years.”

    On the assistants’ specific roles: “Everybody will have a defined role, like they always do. Again, the off-season’s the off-season. Once we get to getting on the field, coaching the players, game-planning and things like that, that’ll all work itself out.”

    On who’s calling the offensive plays: “We won’t be calling any for a while. I don’t know any games that are on.”

    On giving official titles: “I’m not big on titles. We have jobs to do. We’ll do the jobs.”

  • On Matt Patricia’s role…

    Senior football advisor Matt Patricia of the New England Patriots stands on the field before their game against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Senior football advisor Matt Patricia of the New England Patriots stands on the field before their game against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    “Broad role, very broad. He does a lot of things, helps me a lot of ways. … He does a lot of things, he has a lot of experience, he’s done things when he was here and of course he had experience in Detroit, then last year, things like the COVID rules and that type of thing. Matt’s had a lot of different roles for us. Like I said, he’s been a big help to me and the organization.”

  • On new Director of Player Personnel Matt Groh…

    Dec 6, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gestures to quarterback Mac Jones (not pictured) against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 6, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gestures to quarterback Mac Jones (not pictured) against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

    “Matt’s done a tremendous job for us. Very smart, very detailed. Obviously has a great football background with his dad, his family, growing up in football. Scouted multiple areas for us. He’s had multiple responsibilities, from area scouts on the west coast, to the southeast. Regional scout, national scout, and really put the draft together last year as the director of college scouting.

    “With Dave [Ziegler] leaving, I feel like he’s the best person to step into the personnel job, and he’s done a great job. He’s as good as anybody we’ve had in that position.”

  • On Tom Brady un-retiring…

    Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

    Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams in a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

    “You’ll have to talk to Tom about all that. But Tom’s played a long time, nothing he does surprises me.”

  • On the Shaq Mason trade…

    Shaq Mason of the New England Patriots gets ready for a play in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

    Shaq Mason of the New England Patriots gets ready for a play in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

    “Felt like that was in the best interest [of] the team.”

  • On whether they tried to keep JC Jackson…

    Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    “Sure, we talked to all our players, we talked to all our free-agent players, we re-signed quite a few and some we didn’t re-sign.”

  • On the Brian Flores lawsuit…

    Head coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins takes the field during introductions prior to the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

    Head coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins takes the field during introductions prior to the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

    “I can’t comment on it.”

  • On potential changes to overtime rules…

    Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) makes the catch and runs the ball for the game winning touchdown against the New England Patriots in overtime at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) makes the catch and runs the ball for the game winning touchdown against the New England Patriots in overtime at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

    “There was a little bit of discussion [Sunday]. I’m sure there will be more discussion, see what everybody has to say. … I mean, there’s a lot of different arguments for various proposals, gonna sort them out here.”

  • On re-signing Trent Brown…

    Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown (77) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown (77) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    “Good to have Trent Brown back, yeah, glad we were able to work it out. Glad we were able to work it out with all the players we re-signed. … He played well when he played [in 2021], he missed half the year, so hopefully we’ll be able to get more play time from him this year. But, he’s a quality player.”

  • On Josh McDaniels leaving for the Raiders and taking others with him…

    Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots stands on the field prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots stands on the field prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    “Yeah, no. I mean, Josh is a great coach. I’m sure that he feels like it’s a great opportunity, that’s why he took it. Other than against us, I hope he does well. I’m sure he will do well. He’s an outstanding coach and some of the people that are with him, they’re very good, too. But it all worked out well.

    “It was an opportunity we couldn’t provide. He’ll be hard to replace, but like I said, I feel like we have really good coaches on our staff and that’s what we’ll do.”


Belichick, Patriots get up-close look at Alabama Pro Day

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Who are the Patriots watching at the Alabama Pro Day?

  • One of the biggest days of the pre-draft process is upon us. Wednesday is Alabama’s Pro Day, when personnel executives from all 32 NFL teams will get a close look as the players set to head from Tuscaloosa to the pros.

    This is an especially notable event for the Patriots. Since 2010, the Patriots have drafted eight players from Alabama – more than any other team in the NFL. They’ve also drafted more players from Alabama than any other school in that span, taking no more than six from any other program (you can find a full list of their favorite schools here).

    Six of those eight picks – including all of the last five – were made in the top 100. The Patriots don’t just turn to Alabama for talent, but for impact talent. That push has ramped up recently, with four Alabama picks in the last three years – including their first two picks last year in Mac Jones and Christian Barmore. Damien Harris (2019 3rd round) and Anfernee Jennings (2020 3rd round) are the other two.

    From their immense success on the field to Bill Belichick’s relationship with Nick Saban, there’s a lot to draw New England to the program. So, who might he look to add this year? Here’s a rundown of the draft targets and top projected UDFA’s in this year’s Alabama draft class.

    Note: Alabama’s Pro Day is so expansive, it’s split into two sessions. The majority of the players listed below will work out on Wednesday, but a handful will take part in the second Pro Day on April 13. 

  • T Evan Neal

    Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Evan Neal (73) against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Evan Neal (73) against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Neal is arguably the top offensive lineman in this year’s class, and is in the running to be the first overall pick. It would take something wild for him to end up with the Patriots.

  • WR Jameson Williams

    Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) reacts as he scores on a long touchdown pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) reacts as he scores on a long touchdown pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    Had Williams finished the 2021 season healthy, he’d be right there with Neal in the ‘untouchable’ category as the top receiver in this class and a likely top 10 overall pick. However, a torn ACL in the National Championship now has his stock slipping to the middle of the first round. Still, when healthy he is a 6-foot-2 burner who runs precise routes and elusive with the ball in his hands.

    It’s possible he falls to 21 if receiver-needy teams are focused on immediate impact, but his immense ceiling makes it seem likely a team will take a chance on him in the top 20 – especially given how many teams have multiple picks in that range.

  • LB Christian Harris

    Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) is pressured by Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Christian Harris (8) in the fourth quarter during the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

    Harris is one of a number of rangy middle linebackers expected to go on Day 2 of this year’s draft. He’s towards the top of that group that also includes Chad Muma, Quay Walker, Leo Chenal, and Troy Anderson, and could end up being a top-50 pick. At 6-foot, 226 pounds he’s undersized compared to the typical Patriots linebackers, but if they’re truly committed to fielding a faster zone-based defense, Harris would be a great fit in that transition.

  • DL Phidarian Mathis

    Alabama defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) tackles Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford (24) in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the 86th Cotton Bowl in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]  College Football Playoffs Alabama Vs Cincinnati

    Alabama defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis (48) tackles Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford (24) in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the 86th Cotton Bowl in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

    A captain for the Tide in 2021, Mathis helped fill the hole left on the defensive line by Christian Barmore’s departure. Like Barmore, Mathis wins more with athleticism than mass (6-foot-4, 210 pounds). He’s more of a run stopper than pass rusher, but isn’t a liability as an interior rusher on early downs and can push the pocket from the interior when needed.

    Mathis has the versatility to play all along the defensive line, a trait the Patriots have valued highly. Pairing Mathis with Barmore could create some interesting athletic mismatches up front. Mathis is currently projected to be a late second or early third round pick.

  • WR John Metchie

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - NOVEMBER 06:  John Metchie III #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pulls in this touchdown reception against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 06, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 06: John Metchie III #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pulls in this touchdown reception against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 06, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    One of the most interesting prospects on this list, it feels just as likely Metchie could go at the end of the first round as it does he could go early in the third. A torn ACL in the SEC Championship Game hurt his draft stock, but recent reports and workout videos suggest he could miss minimal time this upcoming season.

    While he doesn’t have the upside of Jameson Williams, Metchie still projects to be one of the best receivers in this draft if he hits his ceiling. His skillset would be well-suited to the Patriots’ offense – he’s a technician as a route runner and can line up both outside and in the slot. Once he separates, his speed makes him a threat after the catch, especially at the short and intermediate levels.

    On top of all of that, Metchie has experience working with Mac Jones. During Jones’ lone full season as Alabama’s starting quarterback, Metchie posted 55 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns as the team’s second receiver playing opposite Hesiman winner DeVonta Smith.

  • RB Brian Robinson

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 23: Brian Robinson Jr. #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against Tennessee Volunteers in the first half at Bryant Denny Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Photo by Marvin Gentry/Getty Images )

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 23: Brian Robinson Jr. #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against Tennessee Volunteers in the first half at Bryant Denny Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Photo by Marvin Gentry/Getty Images )

    Robinson is one of the more well-rounded backs in this class. He can contribute as a ball carrier, a receiver, and as a blocker. In 2021, he put up 1,639 all-purpose yards with 16 touchdowns as the Tide’s feature back.

    If the Patriots are looking to add depth at the position and don’t mind making a top-150 investment, Robinson would make a lot of sense as a target early on Day 3. He could be both an early-down back or pass-catching back in their system, similar to the role Rex Burkhead had during his time in Foxborough.

  • CB Josh Jobe

    Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Josh Jobe (28) against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    In a draft that’s not incredibly deep when it comes to outside corners, Jobe stands out as a strong option right around the 100th pick. Jobe was incredibly productive as a junior in 2020, leading the SEC with 11 pass breakups. However, he was more inconsistent in 2021.

    Part of the reason Jobe – who began the year as a projected top-50 pick – may fall this far is lack of scheme versatility. He played almost exclusively press man corner at Alabama, and may translate better as a safety in other schemes. However, the Patriots would likely have him playing press man, so they may see his slide as a chance for a value pick. There’s other parts of Jobe’s game the Patriots may like including his overall physicality, willingness as a tackler, and special teams experience.

  • CB Jalyn Armour-Davis

    Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jalyn Armour-Davis (5) breaks up a pass intended for Florida Gators wide receiver Justin Shorter (4) in the first half. Florida Gators played their first SEC game against Alabama at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2021, in Gainesville, FL. [Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun]

    Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Jalyn Armour-Davis (5) breaks up a pass intended for Florida Gators wide receiver Justin Shorter (4) in the first half. Florida Gators played their first SEC game against Alabama at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2021, in Gainesville, FL. [Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun]

    Alabama’s other outside corner, Armour-Davis doesn’t have the multi-year starting experience Jobe does but may be the higher-upside option of the two players. He’s bigger than Jobe at 6-foot-1, 197 pounds, and ran an impressive 4.39 40 at the Combine.

    Like Jobe (and most Alabama cornerbacks for that matter) he’s a willing tackler who can contribute on special teams as well as defense. Projected to go in the fifth round, he seems like a logical fit with a Patriots team that has done a great job developing technically raw an inexperienced cornerbacks over the years. He’d make a lot of sense as a Day 3 pick, especially if the team elects to double-dip at the position.

  • DL LaBryan Ray

    TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 23: LaBryan Ray #18 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reaches for Hendon Hooker #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers in the first half at Bryant Denny Stadium on October 23, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Photo by Marvin Gentry/Getty Images)

    Ray is another athletic and versatile defensive lineman. He wasn’t quite as productive as Mathis, and dealt with some injuries issues during his collegiate career which resulted in him playing just two full seasons. Yet when on the field he’s shown some upside as an edge setter and interior pass rusher, and like Mathis would be an interesting complement to Barmore. He’s currently projected to go late on Day 3.

  • Slade Bolden

    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 10: Slade Bolden #18 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball after a reception during the second quarter of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JANUARY 10: Slade Bolden #18 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball after a reception during the second quarter of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

    Mac Jones’ former roommate, Bolden is a converted quarterback that played slot receiver for the Tide in 2021. At that spot, he’s able to get himself open in the short and intermediate areas of the field, and picks up yards after the catch with an aggressive running style. He also contributed on special teams. A projected seventh-round pick or priority UDFA, he’d be a logical replacement for Gunner Olszewski, who is now in Pittsburgh.

  • OLB Christopher Allen

    Oct 31, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama linebacker Christopher Allen (4) sacks Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers (2) for a loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 31, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama linebacker Christopher Allen (4) sacks Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers (2) for a loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

    Injuries limited Allen to just 19 games in five seasons at Alabama. When he was on the field though he was a force, with 13 tackles for a loss including six sacks in 11 games in 2020 – his only full season. He’s raw, but could make sense as a low-risk, high-upside player in the seventh round or as a UDFA.

  • OL Chris Owens

    Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Chris Owens (79) against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    A six-year player and three-year starter who’s played guard tackle and center, Owens’ experience, versatility, and size (6-foot-3, 315 pounds) make him a logical fit for the Patriots. He projects best to guard in the NFL, but can realistically offer depth across the offensive line. He’s currently projected to be a UDFA.

  • S Daniel Wright

    Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Daniel Wright (3) against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Daniel Wright (3) against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Wright arrived at Alabama as a four-star recruit in 2017, but injuries kept him off the field early in his career. He started seeing more playing time in 2020 and played 26 games over the last two years mainly in a reserve role. As a projected UDFA, he’ll look to stick on a roster as a backup free safety and special teams contributor.

  • Other Pro Day breakdowns

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