Top prospects still available on Day 2: Offense

Top prospects still available on Day 2: Offense
May 9, 2014, 11:45 am
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As we wait for Day 2 of the NFL Draft to begin, let's take a look at some offensive players that the Patriots may be interested in during Rounds 2 and 3.

Fresno State's Derek Carr will almost certainly be off the board by pick No. 62, but there could be a number of other talented signal-callers available to New England.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 6-foot-2, 226 pounds, E. Illinois: Efficient, smart, makes quick reads. Doesn't have huge arm strength or tons of tape against elite competition. Reportedly made a private visit to New England during pre-draft process.

Aaron Murray, 6-0, 207, Georgia: Good decision-maker. Lacks cannon arm. Injured ACL in November. Private visit to New England and team saw him at his pro day.

Zach Mettenberger, 6-5, 224, LSU: Not a throw he can't make. Prototypical size. Success in college's best conference. Reportedly made a private visit to Patriots. Produced a diluted urine sample at Combine.

AJ McCarron, 6-3, 220, Alabama: Proven winner. Not the ideal arm strength for NFL game, but plenty of accolades acquired in the SEC. Played under Belichick friend Nick Saban. Reportedly made private visit to Pats.

Tom Savage, 6-4, 228, Pitt: Looks the part. Possibly best arm in the draft. Has drawn comparisons to Drew Bledsoe as an old-school pocket-passer.

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Running back
LeGarrette Blount now plays for the Steelers. New England's two most experienced backs are nearing the ends of their rookie deals. Not a single rusher was taken in the draft's first round so there is plenty of talent remains in this year's class.

Carlos Hyde, 5-11, 230, Ohio State: Big, powerful back that might've been taken in the top 10 picks just a few years ago when the position was more highly valued. Off-the-field issues earned him a suspension from OSU coach Urban Meyer last season. Private visit to New England based on some reports.

Tre Mason, 5-8, 207, Auburn: Runs hard but doesn't have the build of an NFL lead back. Good vision and instincts.

Davonta Freeman, 5-8, 206, Florida State: A three-down back who can catch, block out of the backfield. Some ball-security issues. Reportedly made a private visit to Pats.

Dri Archer, 5-8, 173, Kent State: One of the fastest (if not the fastest) players in the draft. Ran a 4.38 40 at the Combine. Slight, won't break tackles, but a big-play guy. Plenty of experience in the kicking game. Private visit made to Patriots, according to reports.

Andre Williams, 5-11, 230, Boston College: Monster size, strength combination. Shades of Blount in that regard. Doesn't have elite quickness. Only 10 career catches.

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Wide receiver
Patriots aren't in desperate need of bodies at this position, but they wouldn't be opposed to drafting a receiver just because they took two in last year's draft. There are play-makers still available in whom New England's showed some interest.

Jarvis Landry, 5-11, 205, LSU: Doesn't have the speed or size of some of the receivers taken in the first round. Runs good routes, has big hands (10.25 inches), and was dependable in college. Pats checked out his pro day.

Marqise Lee, 5-11, 192, USC: Projected by many to be a first-rounder. Had a stellar junior season. Senior campaign with inconsistent quarterback play likely hurt stock. Some durability issues. Kick return ability. Reportedly made a private visit to Patriots.

Allen Robinson, 6-3, 220, Penn State: Good size. Ran a 4.58 at the Combine. Not an elite burner, but very good quickness. Thrived under former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. Drawn comparisons to Anquan Boldin.

Brandon Coleman, 6-6, 225, Rutgers: Tall, lean receiver with a strong work ethic. Won a team leadership and dedication award last year. Good red-zone target. Could show more grit. Also, Rutgers.

Bruce Ellington, 5-9, 197, South Carolina: Raw route-runner but great athletic ability. Former point guard at South Carolina. Has experience in kicking game. Made private visit to Patriots, according to reports, and team had eyes on his pro day.

Jordan Matthews, 6-3, 212, Vanderbilt: Smart player who runs smooth routes. Needs to get stronger. Projects as a reliable receiver in the NFL if not a game-breaking one.

Martavis Bryant, 6-4, 211, Clemson: Not a sure-fire prospect like his teammate Sammy Watkins, but has the size and speed (4.45 40) to be a big-play guy. Only one year of experience as a starter. Pats checked out his pro day.

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Tight end
Patriots could be looking for tight end depth on Day 2. Only Eric Ebron went off the board in the first round, leaving a handful of talented players available for the second round.

Jace Amaro, 6-5, 265, Texas Tech: Big, athletic, hard worker. A little bit stiff in his routes but can play in the slot and on the line. Willing blocker when asked. Met with Patriots at Combine.

CJ Fiedorowicz, 6-5, 265, Iowa: Polished blocker. Worked under former Patriots tight ends coach Kirk Ferentz in college. Flashed good hands and impressive catch radius. Reportedly met with Patriots at Combine and then had a private visit to New England.

Troy Niklas, 6-6, 270, Notre Dame: Skill set to be one of best blocking tight ends in football. Still new to the position, but athleticism to be an effective receiver as well. Hard to tackle after the catch. Had a Combine meeting with Patriots.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6-5, 260, Washington: Good frame. Versatile receiver. Physical tools are there. Inconsistent college production in 2013. Could have shown more willingness as a blocker. Mete with Patriots at Combine and also made a private visit to New England, according to reports.

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Offensive line
It appears as though the Patriots have their starters set on the offensive line for 2014, but early-round additions to the interior could pay dividends down the road.

Xavier Su'a Filo, 6-4, 307, UCLA: Could play guard or tackle. Great combination of quickness and power. Left school to do a two-year Mormon mission. Met Pats at Combine.

Billy Turner, 6-4, 315, North Dakota State: His not-so-nice on-the-field demeanor may remind some of Logan Mankins. Good body control. Played tackle in college but projects as a guard. Reportedly made a private visit to the Patriots.

Joel Bitonio, 6-4, 302, Nevada: Another lineman with a temper. High-energy guy praised for his leadership skills. Played both tackle spots in college. A little bit of a tweener, but may fit nicely at guard.

Weston Richburg, 6-3, 298, Colorado State: Played mostly center in college, but also got some experience at tackle. Lacks ideal strength but works his tail off. An intelligent player who's projected to only improve with coaching. Patriots were reportedly present at his pro day.