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Patriots Private Workouts: Fozzy Whittaker

According to Sports Illustrated's Simon Clancy, the New England Patriots have a private workout scheduled with Texas running back Foswhitt "Fozzy" Whittaker.

Whittaker is an interesting prospect at running back that could be worth a shot late. He's an extremely popular, high character player who had his draft stock take a big hit when he went down late in his senior season with a torn ACL. Standing at 5'9" and 193 lbs and Kknown primarily for his speed and breakaway ability, Whittaker averaged 5.8 YPC on 66 carries his senior season at Texas. He's also proven to be a capable kick returner and receiving threat out of the backfield.

In the lead-up to the draft, Whittaker provided a little bit of a scouting report of himself and who in the NFL he liked to look up to:

"I really like to watch LeSean McCoy and C.J. Spiller those two guys that kind of have similar body frames as mine. Sort of the same dynamic explosive players. C.J. Spiller returns kicks; LeSean McCoy a guy they use in the running game or receiving game and you could just see him all over the field doing things. I want to have that type of impact eventually in the NFL"

The Patriots could definitely walk away from draft weekend with another young running back to develop. If Whittaker's health checks out, he could definitely be an intriguing option late in day three or as a priority free agent.