The New England Patriots brought in a virtually unknown running back in the 2013 NFL Draft class for a visit on Wednesday, as Aaron Wilson reports that Louisiana Tech running back Ray Holley took part in a private work out with the Patriots two days ago. The Louisiana Tech prospect who gets the most press in this draft class is clearly wide receiver Quinton Patton, and that’s for good reason. Patton was the star of Louisiana Tech’s offense last season, and he does just about everything well as a receiver. He is also heavy on the Pats radar, and he could very well end up being selected by the New England Patriots with the team’s second-round pick.
Ray Holley is 5’9″, 200 pounds, so he seems to fit the mold of the kind of running back the Patriots are targeting. Ivan Fears and the Pats have been looking at underrated, thickly built backs in this draft who can be of good value for them in the later rounds. Fears, in fact, went to LSU earlier this week and worked out a seventh-round RB with that kind of build in Spencer Ware.
Although Holley is far less heralded than Ware, he had some solid production in a pass-heavy offense last season. Holley rushed for 740 yards and seven touchdowns, and he is somebody who will likely end up being a priority free agent. I could see the Pats scooping him up, and I could also see Holley having the type of success that Brandon Bolden did as an undrafted rookie for the New England Patriots last season.
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