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Brooks Reed visits Patriots

Brooks Reed, former Arizona defensive end, has made an official visit to the New England Patriots facility, according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network. Reed has been a hot name for teams looking to add a pass rusher, especially teams that run the 3-4 defense. Reed played at end in Arizona, but his 6’3″/263 frame leads to most pundits projecting him as an outside linebacker. After a decent season at Arizona, and a great showing at the Senior Bowl, Reed began climbing up draft boards after an impressive workout at the NFL Combine. A 4.65 forty, 30 reps on the bench press, and absurd quickness times led some scouts to believe he can make the transition to linebacker. We remain skeptical, however, at least with respect to his ability to play in the Patriots’ system. Reed is not adept at shedding blocks, nor has he shown coverage ability as of yet. We’d love to pick him in the late 2nd round, but it is rather unlikely that he’ll make it out of the first 40 picks Correction-Reeds worked out for the Patriots but did not visit Gillette

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