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Patriots schedule a visit with Dion Jordan

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Few items of NFL business are more over-scrutinized than pre-draft visits.

Teams can have up to 30 prospects into their facility to meet with team officials, but most teams have around seven draft picks. So the majority of guys teams are linked with the next few weeks will never pass through those doors again.

But every now and then, names tend to jump out at you.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots have scheduled visits with Dion Jordan, Tank Carradine, Desmond Trufant, D.J. Fluker and Tyrann Mathieu.

Jordan’s inclusion on that list is odd, if only because the Oregon defensive end might be a top-five pick. The Patriots don’t pick until 29th, and they don’t have the kind of ammunition to make trades unless they’re borrowing again from future drafts.

The Patriots have five total selections, with one each in the first three rounds, and a pair of sevenths. Their fourth went to the Buccaneers for the Aqib Talib rental, the fifth to the Redskins for Albert Haynesworth and the sixth to the Bengals for Chad Johnson.

So the Patriots are either using the visit as a chance to mess with other teams, or simply for future scouting purposes.

Because picking where they’re picking (for now), there seems little other reason to spend on the plane fare.

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19 Responses to “Patriots schedule a visit with Dion Jordan”
  1. toledoohoh says: Apr 3, 2013 2:32 PM

    He’ll be a FA at some point.

  2. officialgame says: Apr 3, 2013 2:34 PM

    If I was Jordan’s agent I would decline the visit.

  3. descendency says: Apr 3, 2013 2:44 PM

    Maybe the Patriots are kicking the tires in case they somehow trade Mallett + their first + something else to the Browns for pick #6.

    Also, the Patriots may be using this to determine the Jets interest at pick 9. Or to get information about Kyle Long.

    The Patriots have been known to do some odd things during the pre-draft time.

  4. pigskinwizzard says: Apr 3, 2013 2:56 PM

    You don’t have to be a fan of the AFC East to see that the window for the Patriots is closing. It happens to all teams . . . sooner or later.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 3, 2013 2:57 PM

    Or maybe they are worried about playing against him and just want to try and find some weak points that he may admit to or reveal.

  6. davebarnes21 says: Apr 3, 2013 3:04 PM

    New England has been kicking the rest of the league’s a$$ in the draft for years. Whatever they’re doing – you can bet its right on!

  7. Patskrieg dot com says: Apr 3, 2013 3:08 PM

    Every year you’ll see at least one top 10 prospect end up taking a pre-draft visit to Foxboro. Last year it was Michael Brockers. The year before it was Prince Amukamura.

    The glory days of having 2 first round picks to wheel and deal every year are over for the time being. And the idea of Ryan Mallett being swapped for anything in the top 64 picks is hilarious.

  8. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 3, 2013 3:09 PM

    the patriots will draft the honey badger,

  9. patswhatsup says: Apr 3, 2013 3:13 PM

    I love when I see the “the window is closing for the patriots” talk. Brady may be getting older, but 2 seasons ago they playing in the superbowl and last year they played in the AFC championship. I’m not worried

  10. beelicker says: Apr 3, 2013 3:17 PM

    Valid point with the Mallet angle & you know the Browns have the interest.

    Maybe they know Brady retires after 2 years instead of playing out this ‘new’ deal & they want to load up for the short term win now intiative?

  11. sschmiggles says: Apr 3, 2013 3:32 PM

    Mallett was supposed to be a top 10 pick and he fell to the 3rd.

    You never know what will happen in the draft or what NFL teams really think about a player.

    If you really want the guy, you might as well scout him just in case. 30 visits is a lot.

  12. ampats says: Apr 3, 2013 3:33 PM

    The Window is closing,how long have we been hearing that?? More like Patriots haters favorite fantasy wish.

    Could be that BB is checking out a future FA in 4 years as he will still be the HC of the NEP or just that he knows how to do his due diligence?

    Bill Belichick plays chess while many teams in the NFL are still learning to play checkers.

  13. macadamia2010 says: Apr 3, 2013 3:34 PM

    “Their fourth went to the Buccaneers for the Aqib Talib rental, the fifth to the Redskins for Albert Haynesworth and the sixth to the Bengals for Chad Johnson.”

    And people still want to tell me that Hoody & Co. are the best personnel folks in the NFL? LAUGHABLE!

    You know what else is funny, how obvious some things like this quote is from our very own Pats fan:

    “Brady may be getting older, but 2 seasons ago they playing in the superbowl and last year they played in the AFC championship. I’m not worried.”

    Strike one, two, and three all in the first sentence. What you just rattled off is proof enough that your team is regressing, slowly, but regressing.

  14. Ridley Me This says: Apr 3, 2013 4:04 PM

    Just remember, all your hate and negative comments just reinforces to Patriot fans how great the team we cheer for really is.

    It’s not like you making yourself look ignorant hurts our feelings.

  15. jimache06197714 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:06 PM

    macadamia2010 says:Apr 3, 2013 3:34 PM

    “Their fourth went to the Buccaneers for the Aqib Talib rental, the fifth to the Redskins for Albert Haynesworth and the sixth to the Bengals for Chad Johnson.”

    And people still want to tell me that Hoody & Co. are the best personnel folks in the NFL? LAUGHABLE!

    You know what else is funny, how obvious some things like this quote is from our very own Pats fan:

    “Brady may be getting older, but 2 seasons ago they playing in the superbowl and last year they played in the AFC championship. I’m not worried.”

    Strike one, two, and three all in the first sentence. What you just rattled off is proof enough that your team is regressing, slowly, but regressing.
    ___________________________
    …same crap, different year . I keep hearing the same thing for the past 10 years, pre-draft – training camp period: they’re done, they’re regressing; first 1-2 losess: it’s over, BB losts his touch, TB is over the hill; then payoffs come, they get to SB or AFCC and we hear, “so what” they haven’t won squat since camera gate… same crap different year … keep haiting

  16. rc33 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:10 PM

    Patriots have been average/better-than-average drafting during the BB regime. 2006-2009 were a disaster; the past few years, much better.
    Haynesworth? That, IMO, was a worthwhile roll of the dice. Hard position to find talent and you could’ve validly believed that a winning environment would help re-motivate him.
    But giving up a 5th and a 6th then paying him $6M for Ocho? The fact that, in two seasons, he was still lining up wrong and never really bothered to learn the playbook; that should’ve been uncovered (or at minimum suspected) before hand.

  17. atwatercrushesokoye says: Apr 3, 2013 7:06 PM

    Remember when the Haynseworth and Johnson trades were made and we were told that was the “brilliance” of the Hoodie and they would be back to Pro Bowl under his guidance? How’d that turn out?

    As for “no one drafting better than the Patriots” take a look at his success with defensive backs and actually defensive players in general and tell me that, the truth is he’s been at best mediocre since he and Pioli parted ways.

    And in what world has Mallet done anything to warrant a 23 spot jump in round 1? He’s an unproven commodity, maybe worth a conditional second rounder but has no track record in the regular season to provide high first round value.

  18. bikelikemike says: Apr 4, 2013 2:01 PM

    rc33 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:10 PM
    ———————————————————-
    You nailed it on the Ocho signing. After he seemed to be retarded; not being able to learn the offense after a full season, I looked up his history in Cincinnati. And he’d been a total moron there as well. Coach Lewis had to hold a few ‘team’ meetings just to excoriate his juvenile actions- without hurting his feelings. (so his team-mates would get pissed at him for it and then send him a message) He was always leaving stupid comments on twitter, and was playing like a little child on a couple other social networking sites; one of them where you could make videos; like he was trying to break into the tv or movie business. And the kicker was that his team-mate; TJ Housman… was telling him what they were doing so he could run the play.. as he had IN COLLEGE ALSO!!! And of course Lewis would hide that crap so another team would be stupid enough to take him off their hands. But for Belichick to not send in the fricken CIA to unearth any possible dirt??? That let me down, HUGE. I gotta feeling he learned something from that.

  19. filthymcnastyog says: Apr 5, 2013 7:01 PM

    Stop trying to guess what BB is doing. He’s smarter then you.

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