Report: Pats to host Williams on visit


The Patriots will host Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams on a pre-draft visit at Gillette Stadium, the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson reports.

Williams is a projected first-round draft choice. At 6-foot-2, 327 pounds, Williams would seem to project mostly to nose tackle in the 3-4 defense, or defensive tackle in the 4-3.

The possibility of a Vince Wilfork/Williams combination in a four-man line is an intriguing thought for the Patriots, whose run defense was gashed in the playoff loss to the Ravens.

When looking at the Patriots in a 3-4 alignment, their biggest need is at right defensive end. Wilfork has shown the versatility to move out to that position, and perhaps Williams -- who doesn't have the prototype height for that spot -- could do the same.

In addition to Williams, the Patriots are also hosting Texas Christian defensive end Jerry Hughes and Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty on pre-draft visits, according to the Boston Globe's Albert Breer.

The pre-draft visits could indicate genuine interest from the Patriots, or they might simply represent that the club has more information to gather on a player. The visits are often most meaningful from a medical perspective, as teams can update any medical information. Sometimes the visits can be used as a smokescreen.