Marsh, Najvar, Niklas, Skov & Starr visit

April, 30, 2014
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Throughout the pre-draft process, we’ve spotlighted prospects the Patriots have either brought to their facility for in-house visits (30 allowed with out-of-town prospects) or worked out privately.

The idea has been that if the Patriots are spending extra time with the players and devoting resources to get to know them better, let’s do the same. In doing so, it is important to note that the Patriots’ workouts and visits don’t necessarily indicate genuine interest as much as a fact-finding mission for players who the team still had a level of interest in learning more about. Sometimes, it could simply be medical-based. Also, the Patriots work out hundreds of prospects, which is important context.

We can add these five to the list of those who previously visited Gillette Stadium, counting against the 30-prospect limit:

Cassius Marsh, DE/OLB, UCLA: The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Marsh projects as a 4-3 defensive end and possible 3-4 outside linebacker conversion candidate. A 7.08 time in the 3-cone drill was among the best at his position. A mid-round projection.

Jordan Najvar, TE, Baylor: The 6-foot-5 7/8, 256-pound Navjar has good size that makes him a potential factor as a blocker and showed quickness with a 7.14 time in the 3-cone drill, one of the best at the position. He originally went to Stanford and teams might have to ask how much of his limited production was a result of scheme. A mid-to-late round projection.

Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame: Highlighted in our “beyond the first round” series, he is viewed as one of the top players at the position in this year’s draft. An early-round projection.

Shayne Skov, MLB, Stanford: The 6-foot-2 1/4, 245-pound Skov, who injured his hamstring in the pre-draft process, did not work out at the combine. His 5.14 time in the 40-yard dash might raise some concerns, but could be tied to the injury. A mid-round projection.

Tyler Starr, OLB, South Dakota: The 6-foot-4 1/8, 250-pound Starr opened eyes with the fastest 3-cone time at his position (6.64). While coming from a small-school background, he shows potential in coverage and as a pass-rusher. A mid-to-late round projection.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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