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Ex-Arizona State head coach Todd Graham rumored to join Patriots' staff

The veteran coach was with New England at the combine.

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The 2018 NFL scouting combine came and went and with it plenty of new information on draft prospects. The seven-day event also gave a glimpse at what may lie ahead for the New England Patriots coaching staff. After NESN's Doug Kyed reported that former Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was in Indianapolis as a representative of the Patriots, another ex-college head coach was spotted with the team.

According to Arizona Sports' Mike Jurecki, Todd Graham was with the team's staff and could go on to officially become a member of the club:

Former #ASU HC Todd Graham was spotted at the #NFLCombine with the #Patriots staff. The rumor is he could join the staff as a consultant.

After stints at Rice, Tulsa and Pittsburgh, Graham was named head coach at Arizona State in 2012. Overall, his teams went a combined 46–32 during his six years with the program and won two bowl games as well as a division championship within the Pac-12. However, after a 2017 campaign that ended with a 7-6 record and loss in the Sun Bowl, Graham's contract was not extended.

If the 53-year old does indeed join the Patriots, he would do so in a year of turnover: New England lost defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to become head coach of the Detroit Lions and the team has yet to officially announce a successor. With linebackers coach Brian Flores the frontrunner, the team might also be in need for someone to fill Flores' old spot as a position coach.

Having experienced personnel like Graham and the above-mentioned Bielema available could ultimately help soften the blow of Patricia's departure.