New England Patriots Links 2/23/11 - Patriots Sending Full Contingent Of Coaches To NFL Combine

Tom E. Curran tells us who he thinks the Patriots will be trying to get a better read on at the Combine in Indy.

OFFENSIVE LINE

  • Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College, 6-7, 305
  • Nate Solder, OT, Colorado, 6-8, 314
  • Both players may seem more well-suited with their size to play right tackle. A left tackle needs extreme agility to deal with the league's best quick defensive ends and linebackers. The Patriots could still flip Sebastian Vollmer over to left tackle and let one of these leviathans hold down the opposite side.

  • Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida, 6-4, 310
  • Twin brother of Steelers rookie standout Maurkice Pouncey, you know how the Pats like their Florida kids. And versatility.

    RUNNING BACK

  • Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois, 6-0, 230
  • LeShoure (above) is probably the best power back in the draft. He had some stupidity in 2008 and 2009 however, and he'll have to interview well for the Pats to be interested.

    DEFENSIVE LINE

  • Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama, 6-3, 309
  • Played end in the 3-4 for Nick Saban. He played five-technique (outside the offensive tackles outside shoulder) much of the time for the Tide. Seen as one of the top 10 or 15 players in the draft but if the Patriots fall in love . . .

    OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

  • Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri, 6-4, 258
  • Tough kid who played through injury in 2010 and had a very productive year. Bill Belichick is always going to look for the next Willie McGinest/Lawrence Taylor type - huge, fast, violent. Smith's size and temperament could make him a good fit.

    WIDE RECEIVER

  • Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland, 6-1, 205
  • Extremely fast, explosive in the return game and not yet a polished wide receiver, this is the kind of player the Pats had in Brandon Tate a couple years back. It will be up to them to decide whether he's teachable because he has a ways to go. Could be a third-round possibility.

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