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Report: Patriots used “about 25 percent” of pre-draft visits on WRs

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The Patriots, who released Brandon Lloyd and lost Wes Welker in free agency, spent “about 25 percent” of their allotted pre-draft visits with wide receivers, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported Thursday.

California’s Keenan Allen and Southern California’s Robert Woods are among the receivers with whom the Patriots met, Reiss said. Both wideouts seem likely to be selected on either Thursday or Friday, when the Patriots have three of their five draft picks — No. 29 (Round One), No. 59 (Round Two) and No. 91 (Round Three).

However, the Patriots enter the draft with only two third-day picks —  Nos. 226 and 235 in Round Seven.

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32 Responses to “Report: Patriots used “about 25 percent” of pre-draft visits on WRs”
  1. axltcu says: Apr 25, 2013 11:59 AM

    I’m extremely biased on this but I think if the Pats can get Josh Boyce from TCU late they will have the steal of the draft.

  2. seaeagle707 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:03 PM

    TB is admittedly a great QB, but that won’t last if he doesn’t have guys with good hands waiting on his rainbows. Belichick is probably chewing nails hoping for decent pass catchers to come on board.

  3. gf2711 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:05 PM

    Not really a report, more like a fact. The 30 visits can all be found with minimal search effort.

  4. misterdreamer119 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:09 PM

    Patsies need to run the ball again and play good defense. Wide receivers? Really? You won rings by running the ball. You broke passing records and got your asses whipped by the giants twice in the sb.
    Damn cheats.

  5. raiderufan says: Apr 25, 2013 12:09 PM

    Maybe this is the year they get Brady a legit WR? It would only make sense to get him a guy that can be great for the next 3-4 years as Brady sunsets his career. An explosive WR with the underneath attack they have would be deadly with Brady at the helm…..but they’ll probably trade back 9 times and draft Little Johnny Potential at WR in the 4th and give Brady a few more cast off vets instead.

  6. icdogg says: Apr 25, 2013 12:12 PM

    Translation: it’s hard to find WR’s who aren’t insane egomaniacs.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 25, 2013 12:13 PM

    Roughly a quarter of them.

  8. kingbeason52 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:14 PM

    I say they go WR in every round..

  9. bigbenownsthenfl says: Apr 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    Cheaters and sheisters! Can’t wait til Emmanuel Sanders of the Pittsburgh Steelers lights you up this year. That’s right belicheat I said Pittsburgh Steelers! Tried to steal our Sanders. I’m sure they video taped him. They love videotaping!!!

  10. joeytorontosucks says: Apr 25, 2013 12:33 PM

    Robert Woods should be a Patriot either today or on the weekend if he slides. Fits the mould of there type of WR’s: quick slants, bubble screens, quick first few steps.

  11. picksix401 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:40 PM

    i like dobson coming out of Marshall.. big hands, good-sized 6’3″+ frame, 4.5 speed, could take the top right off the defense and has been known to make some moss-esque circus catches when pressed…. we might look to xavier rhodes for some CB help at #29 too, or we could just trade down for more value picks, which would be very belichickian

  12. 6ball says: Apr 25, 2013 12:46 PM

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    I don’t believe Belichick has ever drafted a first round WR. He usually picks more conservatively with the first choice.

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  13. bcgreg says: Apr 25, 2013 12:46 PM

    Which means they’re NOT taking a WR in round 1.

    Haven’t you learned this yet?

  14. andrewproughcfe says: Apr 25, 2013 12:46 PM

    “Report: Patriots used “about 25 percent” of pre-draft visits on WRs”

    D’uh!! They don’t have any freaking WR’s – what did you think they would be looking at? Quarterbacks? Tight Ends?

  15. nzayir says: Apr 25, 2013 12:56 PM

    The Patriots are so young and filled with so much talent that they really don’t have any glaring needs except for an outside wide receiver.

    I like a lot of guys in this class but I like Deandre Hopkins the most. Just watch him play against LSU in their bowl game last January. He’s got the potential to be the X the Patriots need. I have a feeling he’ll be gone before 29 though.

  16. umainebearman says: Apr 25, 2013 12:58 PM

    25% of 30 allowed…… really not that much.

  17. inyofaceagain says: Apr 25, 2013 1:07 PM

    Pats were not punished enough for cheating…

  18. bencoates57 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:09 PM

    “Patsies need to run the ball again and play good defense. Wide receivers? Really? You won rings by running the ball. You broke passing records and got your asses whipped by the giants twice in the sb. Damn cheats.”

    You killed your own “damn cheats” argument with what you said before. You were right when you said the Pats won with defense, and they turned over their aging defense after the 2007 Championship season (a defense that was old and slow for the duration of 2007). This explains their inability to get the one last inch they needed to win those two SBs, which they lost by the hair of their chinny chin chin both times after leading with a less than a minute left in both games (no whipping).

  19. bencoates57 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    “Pats were not punished enough for cheating… ”

    Actually the GIANTS cheated with more clear cut benefits than the PATRIOTS. The Giants ran their offense with a QB who did not belong to them and never should have been allowed to go to NY. Manning did what was done only once before in NFL history, thumbing his nose at the draft order that every other #1-ranked QB has followed in going to the most needy team. Tagliabue allowed Manning and his father to bully the league into allowing the kid to go to a team that was drafting 4th that year instead of the team that had a rightful claim to him. This invalidates the results of those 2 SB victories in the minds of many.

  20. surfinbird1 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:45 PM

    Datone Jones in the first round. Then a CB,WR.

  21. homelanddefense says: Apr 25, 2013 1:55 PM

    6ball says: Apr 25, 2013 12:46 PM

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    I don’t believe Belichick has ever drafted a first round WR. He usually picks more conservatively with the first choice.

    .___________________________

    True, but they did trade up high into the second to take Chad Jackson who was a complete bust. The pick they traded ended up being Greg Jennings.

  22. andrewproughcfe says: Apr 25, 2013 2:03 PM

    inyofaceagain says:
    Apr 25, 2013 1:07 PM
    Pats were not punished enough for cheating…

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    1000 thumbs up. Post of the decade.

  23. bencoates57 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:10 PM

    “Pats were not punished enough for cheating…”

    —-

    All hail Roger Goodell the, right? Because Tagliabue would have done nothing.

  24. j0esixpack says: Apr 25, 2013 2:34 PM

    Gotta love the haters:

    “the Patriots cheated in 2001-2004 by violating a 2006 rule in 2007″

    … and my personal favorite: “the Patriots proved they can’t win without cheating by going 16-0 post Spygate”

  25. ftomasic1961 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:35 PM

    how hard can it be to draft a wr who can take five steps turn in or turn out for a patented TB dink n dunk throw and hope to pad his stats with YAC?

  26. robertocfg says: Apr 25, 2013 2:38 PM

    The 8 WR’s the Pats have drafted in the last 10 years combine for around 120 catches for 1000-something yards. Like 60 of them come from Edelman, that was a college QB.

    They should draft a WR will each of their picks and hope one of them sticks.

  27. weepingjebus says: Apr 25, 2013 2:45 PM

    Let’s also not forget all those videos of the Giants defense miraculously coming down with 1-play bouts of synchronized cramping whenever the opposing offense started to build momentum. Oh, but that’s just “gamesmanship” right?

  28. deathonwings410 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:45 PM

    Did they bring any camera men in? They surely won’t be winning another SB without their services.

  29. jimmyt says: Apr 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    They are cheaters and we all know it.

  30. bencoates57 says: Apr 25, 2013 3:57 PM

    “They are cheaters and we all know it.”

    —————-

    You wouldn’t still be trying to convince us 7 years later if we all DID know it.

  31. ampats says: Apr 25, 2013 4:10 PM

    jimmyt says,

    they are cheaters and we all know it.

    Guess its the same way you know Bradford is a more accurate QB than Brady

  32. ampats says: Apr 25, 2013 4:13 PM

    bigbensownscollegebarsbathrooms,

    Are the first four Lombardi’s larger because it has been documented the Steelers were using steroids during that time?

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