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New England Patriots scout Stanford Cardinal

Scouts from the New England Patriots were watching a Pac-12 battle between the Stanford Cardinal and Colorado Buffaloes, according to a tweet from Chris Steuber. The No. 14 Cardinal shut down the Buffs in Boulder 48-0, as freshman QB Kevin Hogan came in and dominated CU by going 18-23 and averaging 8.0 yards per attempt (two TDs, no picks). Hogan also did some damage on the ground with seven carries for 48 yards.

The Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and Denver Broncos also sent scouts to this game. But why were they watching one of the worst team’s in college football take on one of the top 15 teams in the nation? Surely the Pats were doing more than catching up on Nate Solder’s old team.

Stepfan Taylor had one of his only mediocre games of the year in terms of YPC (4.3), but he was still able to run in two touchdowns. Taylor is regarded by some as the best RB in this draft class, but I think Gio Bernanrd (UNC) is better if he declares.

Linebackers Shane Thomas and Shayne Skov are the two top prospects on Stanford, but the Patriots don’t have a need at linebacker. Tight end Zach Ertz is another top Stanford prospect, but the Pats seem pretty filled up at TE. Ertz did have a strong showing with six catches and a touchdown.

The Colorado Buffaloes don’t have any top prospects, and nobody on offense stood out for the Buffaloes in their blowout.

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