QB Dalton to work out for Patriots

Texas Christian University quarterback Andy Dalton has scheduled a private workout with the Patriots leading up to the draft, Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on her Twitter account.

The Patriots annually schedule numerous private workouts as part of the scouting process. So in the case of Dalton and others, a private workout is probably best reflected as a sign that the team still has work to do on the prospect because their final level of interest is not yet determined.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dalton played in 50 games over the last four seasons at TCU, with 49 starts. He completed 61.7 percent of his passes, with 71 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

Asked his strengths and weaknesses last month at the NFL Combine, Dalton said, "I'm a smart quarterback, I work really hard, I'm a perfectionist. I can make all the throws. I think the thing I need to work on the most is being under center a little more. We ran a lot of shotgun."

The Patriots have Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer atop their quarterback depth chart, with Jonathan Crompton -- who was on the practice squad last season -- as a No. 3 option.