Saturday, May 7, 2011
Recapping draft picks & Gillette visits
By Mike Reiss
One of the more prevalent questions leading into the NFL draft was how significant a pre-draft visit to Gillette Stadium is when it comes to the Patriots drafting the player.
With this in mind, here is a recap of the team's picks, and if they visited the team before the draft (based on interviews):
1. OT Nate Solder -- Had his scheduled visit to Gillette Stadium canceled at the last minute. The canceled visit was likely a result of the Patriots not needing any more information, and perhaps not wanting to tip their hand. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia worked him out the Monday before the draft.
2a. CB Ras-I Dowling -- Did not make a pre-draft visit.
2b. RB Shane Vereen -- Did not make a pre-draft visit, but noted that director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio put him through a private workout.
3a. RB Stevan Ridley -- Similar to Nate Solder, the team canceled his visit at the last moment.