The Patriots have gathered a ton of intel on Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, the man who set the NCAA record for touchdowns with 88.
Our guy Phil Perry wrote about the Pats-Reynolds contact points back in January, noting that former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was Reynolds’ coach at the East-West Shrine Game and that Troy Brown was the receivers coach and worked with Reynolds.
Mike Reiss added on Sunday that, not only did Bill Belichick meet with Reynolds during an awards event at Annapolis, but tight ends coach Brian Daboll worked with Reynolds on portions of the Patriots offense and special teams assistant Ray Ventrone has also been in contact.
The 5-11, 185-pound Reynolds is drawing easy comparisons to both Julian Edelman and converted Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who made the switch from QB to receiver with the Jags.
CBS’ Dane Brugler gave a review of Reynolds from the Shrine practices and alluded to Reynolds projection as a running back. Brugler pointed out ball security will have to improve for Reynolds who had 32 fumbles at Navy (high by any measure but mitigated a bit by the fact he ran the triple-option offense).
Watching Reynolds – who wasn’t invited to the Combine – he isn’t quite as fast or laterally quick as Edelman but is comparably strong in the lower body when running the ball.
Depending on which way the Patriots go with Danny Amendola, they could be in the slot market and Reynolds would be an interesting conversion project. There are more polished slots in the draft – Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard being one of them. And Chris Harper, while not a true slot, did have a nice camp and preseason and remains on the roster.
But the time spent on Reynolds is certainly noteworthy. And it’s a certainty the Patriots competitors have also taken note of New England’s interest. So it will be interesting to see if anyone else ratchets up their attention on Reynolds in an effort to keep him out of the Patriots hands.
FOXBORO -- A strange thing happened when the Browns selected DeShone Kizer at No. 52 overall in the second round on Friday night.
The assumption was made, on Twitter and elsewhere, that this was "the guy" for Cleveland. This was the reason why that organization would halt in its seemingly never-ending pursuit of Jimmy Garoppolo.
Odd take, in my opinion.
The Browns had the No. 1 overall selection in this year's draft. They also had the No. 12 choice. They had enough first and second-round picks in 2017 and 2018 that they could have moved just about anywhere on the draft board to take a quarterback who they thought had the chance to be the face of their franchise moving forward.
And they did maneuver up and down the draft board. But not for a passer.
They thought so highly of this year's quarterback class that after taking surefire talent Myles Garrett with their first pick, they traded out of the No. 12 spot to move down to the back end of the first round. They then used some of their draft capital and traded up to grab another late-first rounder.
Neither resulted in a quarterback. If they felt Kizer was a franchise player, they sure had a funny way of showing it.
The Kizer selection feels like a dart throw on the part of a team with picks to burn that needs a quarterback. And that's OK. That's what they should be doing until they run into someone who can play.
But to suggest that because they spent a second-round pick on Kizer, they're all set? Seems aggressive.
The talk of Garoppolo-to-the-Browns may die down for now, but if that possibility is off the table it's because the Patriots weren't willing to part with their backup. Not because Cleveland drafted someone who happens to man the same position.
The Patriots didn't make a pick Thursday night, but as teams were introducing their new players on Friday, New England's social media team took an opportunity to show off theirs.
The team posted a picture of Brandin Cooks on Instagram Friday evening with the caption "Our first round pick." The Pats traded their first-rounder (32nd overall) and a third-rounder (No. 103) to New Orleans last month for Cooks and the 118th pick.
With the pick acquired from the Patriots, the Saints drafted Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk.
The Pats are slated to make their actual first selection of the draft Friday at No. 72 overall.