Which wide receivers stand out from Patriots perspective at 2020 NFL combine

Ryan Hannable
February 26, 2020 - 6:00 am

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tuesday was the first day of media availability at the NFL Combine and three of the skill positions spoke -- quarterback, tight end and wide receiver.

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After taking N’Keal Harry in the first round last year, it would be a mild surprise to see the team take one high again, but with a historic class in terms of talent, who knows. There’s plenty of talent to be had in the middle rounds as well.

Here are five names to keep an eye on from a New England perspective.

Henry Ruggs III, Alabama — We’re including him on this list only because he said he met with the Patriots Monday night. He’s one of the best receivers in the draft, so he likely will not be on the board when pick No. 23 comes around. He caught 40 passes for 746 yards and seven touchdowns last fall.

James Proche, SMU — Proche is known for his hands, which some say are the best in the entire draft. This allows him to make some tremendous catches even on poor throws. As a senior last fall, he totaled 111 catches for 1,225 yards and 15 touchdowns. He said he met with the Patriots this week at the combine. 

Devin Duvernay, Texas -- Standing 5-foot-10, the Texas product plays primarily out of the slot. He took a big jump this past season going from 41 catches and 546 yards in 2018 to 106 catches and 1,386 yards last year. He should be available in the middle rounds, which could work out for the Patriots.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan — Known as “DPJ,” the wide out left Michigan after his junior season, which some were surprised by. He’s actually viewed as more of a special-teamer at the NFL level, which could be something that attracts the Patriots. Peoples-Jones met with the team in Indy this week.

Aaron Parker, Rhode Island — This would definitely be in one of the last rounds, but a nice local story with Parker playing his college ball down the road at URI. As a captain in his senior year, Parker had 81 receptions for 1,224 yards and nine touchdowns. He met with the Patriots at the East-Shrine game.

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