Patriots reportedly host two players for last-minute visits before NFL draft

Ryan Hannable
April 22, 2019 - 10:34 am

The NFL draft is this weekend, which means last week was the final chance for teams to meet with players.

In ESPN's Mike Reiss' Sunday piece, he noted two players the team met with who have some unique backgrounds and aren't expected to be top picks.

Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman was among those brought in for a visit. The speedy wide out compiled 35 receptions for 543 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior last season. He also returned 16 punts, which could be something the Patriots are seeking. He's likely a Day 2 selection and the Patriots could look for him to be the next Malcolm Mitchell.

The Patriots also hosted Missouri linebacker Terez Hall even though he's projected to be a Day 3 pick. The report notes Jerod Mayo was part of his workout. This is worth noting because Hall is coming back from an injured pectoral muscle, which is something Mayo dealt with during his career. Hall also suffered a minor Achilles injury at his pro day, which is likely why the Patriots want to bring him in so they can get another medical evaluation on him.

The NFL draft begins Thursday night in Nashville.

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