10 pro days Patriots fans should care about

March 07, 2016 - 1:00 am
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[caption id="attachment_106680" align="alignright" width="350"]Leonte Carroo will have a chance to impress teams at Rutgers' Pro Day later this month. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports) Leonte Carroo will have a chance to impress teams at Rutgers' Pro Day later this month. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)[/caption] With the pre-draft schedule well underway, pro days kick into high gear this week. While Patriots and their reps will be on the trail from coast-to-coast throughout the spring, here are 10 pro days for New England football fans to keep a close eye on over the next month. Alabama: Wednesday — This is an easy one for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the Crimson Tide annually provides great prospects. Then, there's the connection between Bill Belichick and Nick Saban to consider. While many of the high-level prospects might not necessarily be a fit with the Patriots this year, New England would be nuts to miss out on this one. Rutgers: Wednesday — The Piscataway-to-Foxboro pipeline is still a thing, and the fact that some draft pundits have mocked former Scarlet Knights WR Leonte Carroo to the Patriots at No. 60 also figures into the conversation here. Ohio State: Friday — Like Alabama, this one is pretty obvious: The Buckeyes are stocked with top-shelf talent on both sides of the ball, and Bill Belichick remains tight with OSU coach Urban Meyer. Wide receiver Braxton Miller remains a possibility for the Patriots at No. 60. While Belichick might not show, expect at least one high-level Patriots staffer to show up in Columbus on a scouting mission to check this one out. Louisiana State: March 14 — LSU has a pair of tackles who could provide some support for New England's offensive line. Vadal Alexander has been connected to the Patriots as a second-round possibility, while Jerald Alexander is also considered a prospect with mid-round buzz. Pitt: March 16 — From this perspective, Panthers' receiver Tyler Boyd — who has lined up in the slot on the outside and in the backfield — is an intriguing fit with the Patriots, and he'll have his chance to show off for the New England braintrust. Stanford: March 17 — The Patriots have gone after a handful of former Cardinal standouts the last few seasons, including Jordan Richards, Cam Fleming and Tyler Gaffney. And while it doesn't have most favored nation status like some other programs, Stanford certainly has a few players to watch, at least from a New England perspective. WR Devon Cajuste crushed the 3-cone at the combine and performed really well in other agility drills, which could put him on the Patriots' radar. Navy: March 18 — Keenan Reynolds is not one of the more higher-regarded prospects this year, but his skill set is really interesting. He wasn't invited to the combine, but this will give him the college quarterback a chance to show what he can do a variety of positions. Florida State: March 29 — The Seminoles have funneled a couple of offensive linemen to the Patriots the last few seasons, most notably center Bryan Stork. The Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett is known to have a deep an abiding relationship with New England OL coach Dante Scarnecchia. Notre Dame: March 31 — Brian Kelly's program has managed to produce more than its share of NFL talent the last few seasons, and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has been among those who have mocked wide receiver Will Fuller to the Patriots at No. 60 overall. Indiana: April 1 — Another Mayock connection here, as Hoosiers' offensive tackle Jason Spriggs is a guy who was mocked to New England at No. 60 by the NFL Network analyst and noted friend of Bill Belichick.