Belichick paired with ND coach at Pebble

February, 6, 2013
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick is scheduled to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week, and he's in a foursome with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.

Perhaps some scouting to go along with his golfing?

That's passed along with a light-hearted touch, as Belichick is obviously there to swing the clubs. His foursome includes Kelly and PGA golfers Ricky Barnes and James Driscoll.

But it also got us thinking about Notre Dame's top prospects this year and if any could be a good fit for the Patriots. A snapshot look:

LB Manti Te'o -- Not a major need for the Patriots and he's unlikely to be there when New England picks at No. 29.

TE Tyler Eifert -- Could be the top tight end selected. He is viewed as a better pass-catcher than blocker at this point. This is not a top need for the Patriots.

RB Cierre Wood -- Enters the draft after his junior season. Figures to be asked by NFL teams why he was suspended for the first two games of the season for violating team rules. Not a major need for the Patriots.

C Braxston Cave -- A mid-to-later round projection at this time, Cave (6-3, 304) was a three-year starter. The Patriots are always looking to add depth along the line.

S Zeke Motta -- A mid-to-later round projection at this time, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Motta played in every game for the Fighting Irish over the last four seasons. The Patriots could always use more quality depth and special teams presence in the defensive backfield.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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