The New England Patriots are looking for some underrated running back prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft class to scoop up, and Bill Belichick does have a penchant for looking at backs from the LSU Tigers. The success of Stevan Ridley last season in turning into a feature back in this league has likely created some more interest from the Patriots in working out more LSU backs.
According to Scout.com NFL Insider Aaron Wilson, the New England Patriots sent renowned running backs coach Ivan Fears down to the Bayou to work out running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ford. The Pats also worked out wide receiver Russell Shepard, and he was even worked out at defensive back. WR and DB are regarded as the two biggest needs for the Pats in this draft class, especially after they signed veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly to a two-year deal yesterday.
Ware led the Tigers in rushing in 2011, but he had a disappointing 2012 season thanks to a hamstring injury. He has good strength and athleticism, and he could be a nice sleeper pick for the Pats. The same can be said for Ford being a sleeper, but he’s the speedy back of the two with low 4.4 speed.
The St. Louis Rams had dinner with Spencer Ware recently, and he is expected to be selected very late in the draft (sixth or seventh round). Many people thought he should have stayed for his senior year to prove scouts of his 2011 form, but both he and Shepard decided to declare very early.
Shepard can play at cornerback, safety, or wide receiver, but he probably fits best staying at WR. The Baltimore Ravens have worked him out, and Shepard is drawing interest based on his mid-4.4s speed and ridiculous athleticism.
Ford received a draft projection between the fourth and sixth rounds, and I have a feeling he will be picked in around the sixth round. There hasn’t been news of much interest in him at this point in time.
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