The New England Patriots continue to rack up pre-draft visits. According to a report from Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the Patriots will be hosting USF cornerback / kick returner Chris Dunkley on a pre-draft visit. Defensive backs coach Josh Boyer already worked out Dunkley privately in Florida.
Dunkley has had a very up-and-down path on his way to the NFL. He was originally a five star prospect coming out of high school at the wide receiver position and began his collegiate career at Florida. After a redshirt season, he transferred to USF. Deadling with academic eligibility issues, injuries, and a misdemeanor arrest on suspicion of domestic abuse – Dunkley’s playing career was in doubt.
Eventually, he earned his way back onto the team as a walk-on and became a key cog for the Bulls as a wide receiver in 2013 and cornerback in 2014.
Dunkley is projected by most to be a day three prospect or priority free agent. He might not make it as a cornerback in the next level, but has intriguing potential as a kick returner and special teams coverage player.