Clue as to who may have interested Patriots at Senior Bowl

Ryan Hannable
January 27, 2020 - 11:46 am

The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama wrapped up Saturday with the the game itself where the North beat the South, 34-17, and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert took home MVP honors.

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While the game is what a lot of people focus on, what matters most are the practices and interactions during the week of practice leading up to the game, which the Patriots were well-represented at. Since they were not in the Super Bowl, it gave a number of their coaches the chance to attend the festivities and get an up close and personal look at some of the best prospects in the country.

It is very early in the process when it comes to connecting prospects to teams, but there is a recent trend when it comes to which players the Patriots select in the draft. Over the last two seasons, New England has selected a player who has won Senior Bowl Practice Player of the Week at their respective positions. In 2018, it was Isaiah Wynn and last year it was Jarrett Stidham.

Who are the options this year?

The South team had quarterback Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma), running back La’Mical Perine (Florida), wide receiver Van Jefferson (Florida), tight end Jared Pinkney (Vanderbilt), offensive lineman Lloyd Cushenberry (LSU), defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina), linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither (App. State), defensive back Dane Jackson (Pittsburgh) and special teamer Blake Ferguson (LSU) be honored at their respective positions.

Then the North had quarterback Jordan Love (Utah St.), running back Joshua Kelley (UCLA), wide receiver K.J. Hill (Ohio St.), tight end Brycen Hopkins (Purdue), offensive lineman Josh Jones (Houston), defensive lineman Davon Hamilton (Ohio St.), linebacker Francis Bernard (Utah), defensive back Jalen Elliott (Notre Dame) and special teamer Tyler Bass (Georgia State).

Keep an eye on the tight ends, wide receivers and defensive backs, as that seems like the Patriots' top draft needs as of now, but of course anything can happen on draft day.

So while it's very early in the draft process, do not be surprised if one of the Senior Bowl Practice Players of the Week find themselves being members of the Patriots come the end of April. 

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