Could Pats stage Vereen reunion at draft?

Could Pats stage Vereen reunion at draft?
May 6, 2014, 10:45 am
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It would be interesting to know where the Patriots have Brock Vereen in their draft stack.
 
The brother of Shane is a free safety/nickel corner from Minnesota. He’s got some attributes every team will love – intelligence, work ethic, speed, power and quickness. He’s got some things that are hard to overlook. Hands that measure just eight inches and arms that are just 30 inches.
 
In other words, he probably doesn’t pick up a lot of checks. Or make a lot of plays on the ball.
 
For an almost six-footer, Brock Vereen is a Tyrannosaurus Rex. When you watch portions of his Combine workout you can see where his smallish hands show up. He doesn’t catch the ball naturally and will have to body-catch.
 
But he does tackle. And he is versatile. Vereen made four starts at corner for the Golden Gophers in 2010 as a freshman, made 67 tackles as a corner in 2011 then transitioned to safety in 2012 and made 64 tackles. In 2013, he made six starts at safety and seven at cornerback.

When it comes to prospects, the Patriots are a team that demands their scouting department to spend less time on what a player can’t do and more time on what he can.
 
For Vereen, his upper body strength (he put up 225 25 times at the Combine showing short arms do have an upside) and foot speed could make him a terrific slot corner. You need the power to redirect and jam that Vereen seems to have.
 
But there are baseline measurables that players have to meet in order to compete. Vereen's hand and arm size will put him close to that line.

Also, as one of the most exhaustive and fearless draft analysts Nolan Nawrocki points out in his draft guide that Vereen’s combination of smarts, motivation, passion, speed and ability to play special teams will make him a valuable addition.
 
If Brock is there in the fourth round, expect the Patriots to consider a family reunion in Foxboro for the Vereens.