Sep 24, 2011; Lubbock TX, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack running back Duke Williams (20) breaks free from a tackle by Texas Tech Red Raider defensive back Jared Flannel (22) in the fourth quarter at Jones AT

New England Patriots to host Duke Williams


The New England Patriots aren’t expected to draft a safety in the 2013 NFL Draft after signing veteran Adrian Wilson to a three-year deal this offseason, but they could still go the safety route if they want to add another body there. However, the Patriots did draft the promising Tavon Wilson last year in the second-round, and last year’s signee Steve Gregory gives them a solid group of four back there. That’s not even mentioning last year’s late round pick Nate Ebner, who made a big impact on special teams.

But safety was marked as a huge need for the Pats before the signing of Wilson, so they are looking into all positive players at the position. According to Scout.com NFL Insider Aaron Wilson, the New England Patriots will host Nevada Wolfpack safety Duke Williams on a visit.

Williams has visited the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, and Indianapolis Colts during the pre-draft process. The Colts visit was the most notable of them, and it should also be noted that the Patriots worked out Williams earlier this offseason. Thus, Williams is squarely on the Patriots draft radar, and this is one visit to keep a close eye on.

The Nevada product has put himself into a position to be taken on the second day of the draft, but it’s more likely for him to be selected on the third day. He could get picked as high as the third-round, but the Pats have offered up their third-rounder to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Emmanuel Sanders. The ideal situation with Williams is to hope he falls into the seventh round (I doubt that happens). Williams is extremely aggressive at safety, can play on special teams, is versatile, can hold his own in deep coverage, but his best skill is his ability to cover slot receivers.

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