|Jeremy Kerley WR TCU|
|Excellent quickness. Quick off the snap and gets up to full speed quickly. Plays much faster than his timed speed. Experienced on punt returns. A dangerous runner after the catch. Looks very good on short and intermediate routes – could be a great fit as a slot receiver in a west coast offense.|
|Lacks the elite speed teams look for in small receivers; isn’t a serious threat to stretch the field. Does everything well, but doesn’t stand out in any one area.|
|Kerley’s lack of elite straight-line speed hurts his stock because teams prefer their smaller receivers to be able to stretch the field. However, in the right system he could be a dangerous weapon in the slot. He’s willing to go across the middle and is a tough runner after the catch, making him a nice fit in a west coast system. If he lands in the right offense, he could develop into a mid-round steal.|
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.