Patriots scouting defensive prospects

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Patriots scouting defensive prospects

According to Pro Football Talk's draft visits and workout tracker, the Patriots have been connected with 13 NFL Draft prospects, with still three weeks before the NFL Draft.

Out of those 13 players, eight have been quarterbacks and five have been wide receivers.

Kidding, kidding.

If these visits and workout are any indication, the Patriots are well aware at their need to improve their defense

Just one player, Iowa State receiver Brandon Taylor, is from the offensive end of the ball, with the other 12 being defensive players.

But it breaks down even further.

Of those 12 players on defense, Seven of them are out of the secondary.

Not surprising, unless it is, because nobody really knows what's going on behind closed doors at Gillette stadium, especially when it comes to the NFL Draft.

But the Patriots gave up a total of 4,703 passing yards last season, second worst in the NFL behind the Packers. Yes, they were ahead in most of those games, prompting teams to throw the ball more. But opposing teams who passed on them had a 62.4-percent success rate, tenth highest last season. So yeah, there's room for improvement.

According to PFT, here are the secondary players the Patriots have been seen with at some point in some way, shape, or form.

Josh Bellamy, Louisville CB

Jordan Bernstine, Iowa State safety

Omar Bolden, Arizona State cornerback

Ron Brooks, LSU cornerback

Tony Dye, UCLA safety

Micah Pellerin, Hampton cornerback

Brandon Taylor, LSU safety

Giardi: Garoppolo 'still in pain,' does not have full mobility in shoulder

Giardi: Garoppolo 'still in pain,' does not have full mobility in shoulder

The Patriots had both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett on the field for Tuesday's practice.

While many are hopeful that Garoppolo will be ready to go on Sunday, it’s definitely not a given at this point.

According to CSN’s Mike Giardi, Garoppolo is “still in pain and does not yet have full mobility in his throwing shoulder”

Tom E. Curran had better news about Jacoby Brissett’s thumb. The rookie quarterback was in the Patriots locker room locker room Tuesday morning without splint, tape or cast on his thumb. 

When he asked Brissett if he's feeling "tip-top," he answered, "Oh yeah."