New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick loves to attend pro days in the state of Florida, and he already attended the Miami Hurricanes pro day earlier this offseason. He and director of player personnel also held a workout with Florida Gators defensive end Earl Okine on Sunday, so they are busy on the 2013 NFL Draft front. Belichick will continue the trend of visiting schools in Florida, as Ian Rapoport is tweeting that the Patriots head coach will be in attendance for the South Florida Bulls pro day today.
Per Rapoport, Belichick will work out three prospects in outside linebacker Sam Barrington, defensive tackle Cory Grissom, and cornerback Kayvon Webster. Of those three, Webster and Grissom are the two who fill pressing needs for the Patriots and the two who have the best chance of getting drafted by the Pats. This isn’t simply a case of Belichick just checking out an in-state school, because these three prospects are solid, intriguing players. While I like Grissom, I want to quickly focus on the cornerback prospect Belichick has his eyes set on.
Kayvon Webster is one of my sleepers in this draft class, and he has been flying under-the-radar. The USF standout has impeccable work ethic, and that’s what allowed him to play himself into a starting role, become a star for USF, and then put himself squarely on the draft radar of teams like the New England Patriots.
An invite to the East-West Shrine Game, Webster lacks the flash that several cornerbacks heading into this draft have, and that’s why he is underrated. He doesn’t get many picks, but he sticks to wide receivers like glue and was easily one of the best CBs in his conference. He simply shuts down the guy on him, and Webster is one of the better CBs in this class in pure man coverage; it’s just that good ol’ covering doesn’t get noticed as much as it should in the pre-draft process.
I’m glad to see that the Patriots are going to get a close look at Webster, and Barrington and Grissom are also quality prospects in their own right. But it is Webster who stands out to me the most, and he is a consistent CB who would be a nice pick for the Pats. All three of these guys are projected third-day selections, and Webster could be a steal for a team like the Patriots.
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