|Cecil Shorts III WR Mount Union|
|Impressive athlete who dominated D-III competition; 63 career touchdown receptions. Converted quarterback; played both positions as a freshman. Adequate size and strength.|
|Level of competition is a concern. Stats are inflated by Mount Union’s dominant offense. Speed is decent, but nothing special.|
|Shorts was a tremendously productive player over the past three seasons. While he dominated D-II competition I have to wonder if the success of his former teammate, Pierre Garcon, has inflated Shorts’ draft stock. Shorts is solid across the board, but lacks the elite skills to be top prospect. He could be a solid slot receiver, but is probably a 3rd or 4th option at best.|
Pre-draft workouts mean different things for different teams, but one team that isn’t afraid to tip their hand is the Patriots. Their draft visits are (surprisingly) often made public, and they often draft off the list of player’s they’ve visited with.
Among the players who worked out for and were lated drafted by the Patriots are Patrick Chung, Darius Butler, Tyrone McKenzie, Brandon Tate, Julian Edeman, Aaron Hernandez, Devin McCourty and Rob Gronkowski. And that’s from the past two drafts alone.
So far this year I’ve found reports of 21 players that are visiting the Patriots, and there’s one common thread linking most of them: speed.
Among the speedsters that Patriots have shown an interest in are five running backs – Ryan Williams, Derrick Locke, Kendall Hunter, Jordan Todman and Da’Rel Scott (who had the fast 40 time among running backs at the combine).
The Patriots have also shown an interest in some of this year’s faster receivers, including Torrey Smith, Jeremy Kerley, Cecil Shorts and Randall Cobb. They’ve also visited with Virgil Green, arguably the most athletic tight end in this year’s class.
With such a long list it’s tough to say who the Patriots are targeting at this point, but it’s clear that they’re putting a priority on adding athletes on offense. With four picks in the first two rounds, it’s safe to assume that Belichick will bring aboard at least one more weapon for Tom Brady.