I mean, rock bands tour the country all the time and play city after city, show after show, day after day and night after night. But can a rock band be in three places at once? No, they cannot. Point, Patriots.
The Patriots coaching staff hit up college Pro Days at three different schools on Monday, and one of them was the other team in the College Football National Championship - the University of Georgia.
The other two were a bit closer to home - Boston College and the University of Connecticut.
All joking about how the 2017 Georgia Bulldogs will go down in history as one of the greatest teams that just couldn’t quite beat Alabama aside (ok, that was a cheap shot, sorry), the Dawgs fielded one of college football’s nastiest defenses, ranking 6th in yards allowed, only allowing an average of 158 passing yards per game, and added 34 sacks and 12 picks. If you’re scouting defensive draft picks, this is top-shelf.
*Defense, in case you forgot during and/or after the Super Bowl, is when you can stop another team from scoring more points than you.
#Patriots coach Bill Belichick showing out at UGA’s Pro Day this morning. Good luck to all these DGDs! pic.twitter.com/VQrkwTtoW9— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) March 21, 2018
.@Patriots coach Bill Belichick watching @RoquanSmith1 go through LB drills at #UGA Pro Day pic.twitter.com/ISSC9nlNwE— Cody Chaffins (@Cody_Fox5) March 21, 2018
Linebacker Roquan Smith would take a small miracle to get, since most analysts seem to have him pegged as a surefire top-20 pick. There’s plenty more solid Bulldog prospects worth checking out, though (via NESN):
LB Roquan Smith, Round 1
G Isaiah Wynn, Round 1
LB Lorenzo Carter, Round 2
RB Sony Michel, Round 2
RB Nick Chubb, Round 2-3
DT Trenton Thompson, Round 2-3
WR Javon Wims, Round 6
DT John Atkins, Round 6
LB Davin Bellamy, Round 6-7
CB Aaron Davis, Round 7
Bill also put in some time with edge defender Lorenzo Carter, a much more realistic player for the Patriots to look at that logged 62 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 32 total pressures last season.
#Patriots coach Bill Belichick working with #UGA OLB/DE Lorenzo Carter. @FootballUGA #ProDay pic.twitter.com/7bPo4bXfOg— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 21, 2018
Meanwhile, back in the freezing cold of New England, D-line coach Brendan Daly was at Boston College, and the big name there is - who else? - BC pass-rusher Harold Landry.
#Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly is at BC’s pro day. Chatting with Harold Landry. pic.twitter.com/RHkhKhABz5— Nora Princiotti (@NoraPrinciotti) March 21, 2018
Daly and Landry crunched some tape for a couple hours:
DL Harold Landry said he met with Coach Brendan Daly earlier today for about two hours to watch film before @BostonCollege's Pro Day. Said he would love to play in New England #Patriots pic.twitter.com/RszpSUxjLR— Meredith Gorman (@MereGorman) March 21, 2018
And of course, hit the field to see what the kid’s made of.
DALY INTENSE: Just sensational coaching up of potential first rounder Harold Landry @HAROLDLANDRY2 by #Patriots DL coach Brendan Daly pic.twitter.com/WOxCny2aoc— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) March 21, 2018
Landry’s 6’3’’ and 252 lbs, and if the Patriots want him, they’ll probably have to either make moves or pray he drops to 31, as he’s project to be a mid/late first-rounder.
Finally, we got a report from our pal Daniel Connolly at The UConn Blog (not to be confused with the longtime Patriots lineman of the same name) that the Pats had a couple people out at UConn’s pro day as well.
Two counts from the Patriots here at UConn football’s pro day, among other teams. Interestingly, Patriots Video is also here.— Daniel Connolly (@DanielVConnolly) March 21, 2018
There’s no freak-athlete standout at UConn this year like Byron Jones or Obi Melifonwu in ‘16 and ‘17, respectively, but hey, no stone left unturned, right?
We’ll keep you posted on where Bill and the gang end up tomorrow.