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Bill Belichick's scouting trail takes him to NC State on Monday

Ryan Hannable
March 19, 2018 - 11:29 am

As is the case almost every offseason, Bill Belichick is very hands on with how he scouts college prospects, as he attends many pro days and gets a first-hand look at some potential draftees.

On Monday, Belichick attended NC State's pro day.

As it relates to the Patriots, Belichick could be taking a good look at running back Nyheim Hines, running back/tight end Jaylen Samuels and offensive tackle Will Richardson.

Hines is a versatile running back who can run in between the tackles and catch passes out of the backfield. At the NFL combine he said how he grew up a Patriots fan since his dad is from Connecticut.

“They are winners, who doesn’t like a winner? I feel like I was there a little bit before all the Super Bowl (wins)," he said. "The Patriot Way. Every time you think of something you think about the accountability and how Belichick goes about his organization and how the Krafts are discreet at what they do. You don’t see a lot of Patriots doing anything in the offseason, they just really stick to themselves.”

Added Hines: “I have heard that comparison about the Patriots a lot," Hines said. "… Media, fans, agents have said it. (The Patriots) and the Chargers, I have heard those two a lot. Seeing the way Tom Brady and (Bill) Belichick use the running backs — James White, Dion Lewis. I grew up a Patriots fan, so I watched it really closely, even now. I kind of knew what everyone is seeing and talking about with the Patriots and Chargers.”

Samuels is one of the most interesting prospects in the draft, as he can line up all over the field -- tight end, in the backfield, out of the slot and even on the outside.

Richardson would be a potential option to replace Nate Solder, as that remains a top priority for the Patriots this offseason.

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