With the 2018 NFL draft only two weeks away, the New England Patriots have started to invite prospects on pre-draft visits to Foxboro. In total, the team is allowed to bring in 30 players and prior to yesterday, seven have already been reported. Now we can add two more players to the equation according to SeattleSeamocks.com's Jared Stanger and Chatsports.com's Harris Rubenstein, respectively.
Let's take a look at them:
DE Rasheem Green, USC
Coming off a season in which he led USC's defense with 10.0 sacks, Green projects to become an early day two selection later this month. Standing at 6'4, 275 lbs, the 20-year old edge defender brings ideal size to the table as well as plenty of versatility to line up in multiple techniques along the defensive line. And even though he is a raw prospect that needs to add bulk and work on his technique and anticipation, Green has all the athletic tools and immense upside to become a productive, four-down player at the next level.
WR Braxton Berrios, Miami (FL)
After his first three seasons at Miami were marked by inconsistent production, Berrios had a breakout campaign of sorts in 2017: He caught 55 passes for 679 yards and 9 touchdowns and also averaged 15.9 yards per punt return – all career-highs and tops on the Hurricanes' roster. While his build (5'8, 185 lbs) combined with the fact that he only had one season of noteworthy production will prevent him from going early in the draft, Berrios has shown that he can be a productive player as a slot receiver and returnman due to his elusiveness and high football IQ.
The Patriots have plenty of bodies at both defensive end and wide receiver, so bringing in Green and Berrios would not fill an immediate need. Considering their upside, though, they might be worth investing in.