Keenan Allen among pre-draft visitors

April, 17, 2013
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Wednesday is the final day for teams to host draft prospects for visits at their facilities, and each team is able to invite up to 30 out-of-town prospects in total for visits.

The Patriots have a pair of players in for visits on Wednesday, one of which is Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, regarded by many as the top back in this class.

In addition, the Patriots hosted Cal's Keenan Allen on Monday, considered by many to be one of -- if not the -- top wide receivers available. ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Allen had been red-flagged for a drug test during the NFL Combine in February.

Other Monday visitors included Nevada safety Duke Williams, LSU running back Spencer Ware, UCLA defensive end Datone Jones and Azusa-Pacific offensive tackle Luke Marquardt.

Other pre-draft visits for the Patriots confirmed by ESPNBoston.com from earlier in the process:

LB Kiko Alonso (Oregon)
WR Josh Boyce (TCU)
OT Chris Faulk (LSU)
RB Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina)
CB Tyrann Mathieu (LSU)
WR Kenny Stills (Oklahoma)
G Dallas Thomas (Tennessee)
WR Robert Woods (Southern Cal)
WR Markus Wheaton (Oregon State)

As always, context is required when considering these visits. Mike Reiss summed up the essence of visits in a recent post:

"A visit doesn’t necessarily indicate that the team has a favorable grade on a player, or plans to draft him. In fact, sometimes the visit can lead the team in the other direction. The visits could be tied to medical questions, and updating information along those lines, as a few of the prospects above didn’t fully participate in the combine. There could also be off-the-field type questions. In essence, the visits indicate that there is something still outstanding that the team wants to clear up before placing a final grade on the prospect."
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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