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New England Patriots: 2017 Combine Players to Watch

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New England Patriots Combine Prospects

Fresh off of a Super Bowl victory, the New England Patriots still have a few issues they would like to address in the draft. Mainly playmakers on offense and young guys who can fill a role on defense. The Patriots have a knack for finding guys that go overlooked and making them into contributors on a big stage, look for that trend to continue.

Taco Charlton – Edge – Michigan

Last season one of the Patriots biggest questions was their pass rush. The team could look to address this need early with a solid, well rounded player in Charlton. Coming off a 10 sack season, Charlton has showed the length, athleticism, and skill set to play in the NFL, but his consistency will be questioned. If taken, Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick will get the most out of him.

Curtis Samuel – WR/RB – Ohio State

Curtis Samuel doesn’t have a defined position on the next level, and the Patriots just might like it that way. Just the thought of a talent like Samuel to the Patriots is absolutely terrifying. In his last season at Ohio State, Samuel rushed for 771 yards and 8 TDs and caught for 865 yards and 7 TDs. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would turn Samuel into an absolute nightmare for defenses. For the sake of the league I hope this match doesn’t happen.

Samaje Perine – RB – Oklahoma

LeGarrette Blount will be 31 this season, he’s been productive the past few seasons, even leading the league in rushing TDs last year. But the Patriots need to look towards the future as Blount approaches that magic number for running backs. Perine could fill the same power back role that Blount has thrived in for the Patriots, it will all depend on how willing Perine will be to put the team first. Perine ran for 1060 yards and 12 TDs, averaging 5.4 yards a carry in 2016.

Greg Ward Jr – WR – Houston

Ward is an interesting prospect for the Patriots. After successfully being an athletic quarterback at a smaller D1 college, Ward will look to make the switch to wide receiver in the NFL.  This seems familiar for the Patriots, and with the success of Julian Edelman, the Pats shouldn’t be afraid to take a late round chance on Ward. In his best season at Houston, Ward passed for 2828 yards and 17 TDs. He also rushing for 1108 yards and 21 TDs. As a quarterback. Ward’s best season accounted for 3936 total yards and 38 TDs.