There is plenty of news out there regarding wide receivers who could be targeted by the New England Patriots in the 2013 NFL Draft, including news that the Patriots are set to meet with two talented wideouts with very different skill-sets.
According to Nick Underhill of the Republican, the New England Patriots have scheduled meetings with Tennessee Volunteers standout Cordarrelle Patterson and another wide receiver in Robert Woods of the USC Trojans. Patterson, an explosive wideout with breath-taking speed and explosiveness, told Underhill that he also has a meeting scheduled with the Minnesota Vikings. Scouts have compared Patterson to a weaker, shorter Julio Jones but with ridiculous explosiveness and athleticism.
Woods, on the other hand, is a receiver well-regarded for his hands and route-running. With the Trojans, Woods was a consistent wideout who moved the chains for Matt Barkley and the offense. Once regarded as a mid first-round choice, Woods tumbled off of draft boards after his senior season and is never really rated as a first-rounder on boards.
Terrance Williams and Tavon Austin have been heavily linked to the New England Patriots (Austin I get, Williams is just too inconsistent as a pass-catcher for my liking), but Underhill stated that neither of them will meet with the Patriots.
Patterson’s teammate at Tennessee, Justin Hunter, was once rated as a first-rounder but also fell off of draft boards due to speed concerns stemming from a serious injury and plenty of drops last season. Hunter is still a solid prospect and could be on the Patriots radar. Hunter, per Kevin Weidl, checked in at 6’4″, 196 pounds.
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