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Friday, February 25, 2011
Combine Day 2 Pats wrap-up

By Mike Reiss

INDIANAPOLIS -- Some wrap-up thoughts, with a Patriots twist, from the second day of the NFL Combine:

QB McElroy impresses as possible Patriots late-round target. Of the players interviewed today, Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy stood out as a late-round possibility to groom as a No. 3 option. McElroy talked a lot about preparation, accuracy and rising up in big games, as well as how he watches film of Tom Brady. He called Brady one of his heroes. "He's the most fun guy to watch in the league right now," McElroy said, adding that he'd jump at the chance "in a heartbeat" to serve as one of his backups.

RB Williams and pass protection. One of the main areas to inquire about with running back prospects, as they would fit in the Patriots' scheme, is their ability in pass protection. When Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams said he had just three pass protections in college, it stood out as a player who probably won't be rated as highly on the Patriots' board. Cal's Shane Vereen, on the other hand, was a running back prospect I was interested to learn more about after his interview.

Kraft attends Indy meeting. Patriots owner Robert Kraft was in town for a meeting, but he did not meet with reporters before departing.

Anticipating a D-line/linebacker heavy Saturday. One of the strengths of the draft is on the defensive line, and those prospects are scheduled to come to the media center Saturday. The action should pick up considerably, especially considering the Patriots' projected need in those areas. "This is the second year that I think we've had a very good defensive-line draft," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said.