Pats Pulpit Scouting Report: WR Brandon Tate, North Carolina

via blogs.newsobserver.com

North Carolina WR Brandon Tate is scheduled for a pre-draft visit today, April 8th.  Looking through his bio, initial impressions could be that he's toxic, stay away.  Read a little deeper and you'll find he's just the type of project Belichick could be looking for:

Dynamic all-around playmaker who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball...Whichever team drafts him will need to take a long-term approach with his development but that patience could be rewarded handsomely...Has the ability to be not only a terrific  #2 / #3  wideout but also a Pro Bowl-quality return guy.

Why a long term approach?  He tore his ACL and MCL in October, 2008...OUCH!!  Both Brandon and Tom have something to chat about.  Projected to go in the later rounds, possibly the second day, Tate could be one heck of a deal for a team looking to insure long-term success in its receiver corps.  Already stacked at WR with Moss, Welker, Galloway, and Lewis, Brandon is clearly a player in development and could make an excellent #3 guy.  Under the mentorship of a guy like Welker, he could become a good threat for us.  Here's some stats to chew on courtesy of draftcountdown.com:

Career Statistics
Year GP Rec Yds YPC TD
2005 11 0 0 0.0 0
2006 12 5 72 14.4 0
2007 12 25 479 19.2 5
2008 6 16 376 23.5 3
Totals 41 46 927 20.2 8

 

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