Nick Caserio dishes on what stands out with 2019 NFL draft prospects

Ryan Hannable
February 28, 2019 - 11:42 am
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Nick Caserio wears a number of hats in the Patriots organization. 

As director of player personnel, not only is he heavily involved with the team on the pro side of things (trades, free agency, etc), which includes being on the practice field during the week, he's also a major part of the organization's draft process.

Speaking to Patriots.com's Megan O'Brien at the NFL combine, Caserio shared some light on what stands out most with the 2019 draft class.

“The underclassmen number has grown incrementally on a yearly basis it seems," he said. "I want to go back maybe five or six years and it was under 100 — I mean, 75, 80, 90 — and now we’re at 130, 140, 150. It is just the influx of those players and their varying level of experience. Some have been in college for three years, you have red-shirt sophomores that have been in college for three years and some have maybe played two year because they were hurt. So, that is probably the biggest thing that factors into this part of the equation is that group of players and how they fit. 

“Those are the players you have to do the most work on because you just don’t know them as well. I think Josh Allen is a great example, the linebacker from Kentucky. Here is a player, a good player from Kentucky, and he came back to school and he’s put himself in a position where he’s pretty well thought of throughout the course of the league and he had an outstanding year. There is a good example of you’ve seen his growth and you have a little bit more of a body of work to go off versus a player who has maybe only done it for one year, so then can they sustain that performance over the course of however many years moving forward knowing there’s going to be a gap they are going to jump from — college football to our level — which we all know is very challenging.”

The Patriots have 12 overall selections, including six in the top 101.

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