The New England Patriots are actively talking with prospects (click here for a full list of prospects that have spoken with the Patriots), but one college receiver is surprised that the Patriots haven’t spoken more with him over the past year.
Clemson WR Artavis Scott is 5’10, 193 pounds with 263 receptions, 2,529 yards from scrimmage, and 20 touchdowns over three seasons with Clemson. He is also a valuable returnman and so he’s theoretically a natural fit with the Patriots, right?
“I've talked to them a little bit, not a lot, like people would think,” Scott shrugged. “But I've talked to them a good bit, though.”
When asked to expand on his “like people would think,” comment, Scott added, “Just because of the receivers they get. They go after short receivers and they make plays and a lot of things that you have to do at receiver.”
Scott is clearly referring to the likes of Troy Brown, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, and Danny Amendola as shorter players that the Patriots have transformed into successful slot receivers. Players like Malcolm Mitchell and Keshawn Martin are also receivers shorter than 6-feet tall that have carved out roles in the Patriots offense.
Of course the Patriots aren’t just looking for short receivers. The players that thrive are those that stand out in generating separation with quickness. The three cone drill is the Patriots favorite at the combine and Scott’s results aren’t widely known. New England prefers receivers that run a sub-7 second three cone time, so perhaps Scott will receive a call from Bill Belichick once his three cone time is reported.