INDIANAPOLIS -- The combine provides us with an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with potential future Patriots, but there's no shortage of former Patriots in town as well.
Among those is Indianapolis native Rosevelt Colvin, who played in parts of six seasons with the Patriots in two separate stints before retiring from the NFL after the 2008 season.
Colvin, drafted by the Bears out of Purdue in 1999, has transitioned successfully into a post-playing career, keeping himself busy as a football analyst for the Big Ten Network, where he appears on the weekly "Big Ten Football Report" during the college football season with fellow NFL and Big Ten alum Tony Banks.
Beyond his analyst ventures, Colvin owns a UPS store in the area, which he said is doing very well, as well as a bakery, SweeTies Gourmet Treats, while he also runs local youth football leagues.
He told us that he keeps a close eye on the Patriots, and he makes his presence felt in the New England market with a weekly segment on the "Toucher and Rich Show" on 98.5 The Sports Hub during the season.
We made sure to ask Colvin for his assessment on how the Patriots can improve, specifically defensively.
"I think what's been the situation of the last few years, the defensive issues come [down] to consistency," he said. "The defense that Bill [Belichick] in my opinion runs is built off the front seven, guys that can get to the quarterback. You think back to him all the way back to the Giants, they've never really been known for cornerbacks, they've always been known for linebackers and defensive linemen. I think Bill has always tried to build the foundation up front, having guys that can play multiple positions."
Colvin tagged Chandler Jones as a "great young prospect" who reminded him of himself during his playing days, and noted that the Patriots' defense evolved upon the acquisition of cornerback Aqib Talib.
"This year, there was kind of two [different units] that you saw," Colvin said. "Kind of early on you saw the same defense they played last year, vanilla. They still got it done, bend but don't break, because of Tom [Brady] and that game plan. Then when they acquired Talib, it changed the face of that defense, because now they could go man coverage, they could blitz, and create pressures -- the things that Bill is known for. [In the] playoffs, Talib goes down, game changes, you lose the game. Now they can hit Anquan Boldin, now they can open things up because you're playing zone."
Colvin, who mentioned that he keeps up with many of his former Patriots teammates, believes the Patriots aren't far from competing for a Super Bowl again next season.
"That staff, and with that guy playing quarterback, who is bar none the best in the league, I just think defensively they've got some areas they need to address," he said.