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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Lindenwood CB Pierre Desir

04.20.14 at 4:47 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

PIERRE DESIR

Position: Cornerback

School: Lindenwood

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 206 pounds

Achievements: 2013, 2012, 2009 first-team All-MIAA, 2010 second-team All-MIAA

What he brings: Desir is a tall, athletic and fast corner who possesses great size and experience. He’€™s a willing corner who likes to play tight coverage and isn’t afraid to be aggressive. The 23-year-old is good in coverage and shows good instinct at locating the ball. Desir is not great defending the run, often failing to wrap up.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 3

Notes: In 2013, Desir recorded four interceptions, 12 pass deflections and 33 tackles. He recorded 25 interceptions during his collegiate career. He had nine interceptions (ranking No. 2 at all levels of college football) and 18 passes defended (tied for the Division 2 lead) in 2012. … Desir is featured on ESPN’€™s television series “Draft Academy.” … He was born in Haiti, moving to the United States when he was 4. … Desir started his collegiate career at Washburn University in 2009 before transferring to Lindenwood in 2011. After sitting out for a year, Desir started playing again in 2012.

Related articles:

St. Louis Dispatch: Lindenwood’s Desir makes most of pro day

ESPN: Small-school prospects dream big

Video: Here are highlights of Desir from the past year.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles

04.20.14 at 9:08 am ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

KELCY QUARLES

Position: Defensive tackle

School: South Carolina

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 297 pounds

Achievements: 2013 first-team All American (Sporting News), 2013 second-team All American (Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Lindy’€™s Sports, Athlon), unanimous 2013 first-team All-SEC selection

What he brings: Quarles has good size for his position, and, according to scouts, he also has the strength and quickness necessary to surprise potential blockers. Scouts also point out, though, that Quarles’ production was inflated because of extra attention paid to his teammate, Jadeveon Clowney.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3

Notes: During the 2013 season, Quarles was one of South Carolina’€™s four permanent captains and led the team with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. … After graduating from Greenwood High School in 2010, Quarles went to prep school at Fork Union Military Academy, where Rivals.com ranked him the third-best prep school player in the nation. Quarles originally signed with South Carolina in February of 2010 before he attended prep school. … His father, Buddy Quarles, played on the offensive line for the Gamecocks from 1984-87.

Related articles:

USA Today: Teammate tires of attention toward Jadeveon Clowney

The Post and Courier: Gamecocks DT Kelcy Quarles credits success to ‘man-to-man talk’ with position coach

Video: Here is a video compiled by South Carolina highlighting Quarles career as a Gamecock

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Sunday NFL Notes: Rookies figure to face uphill battle for playing time on 2014 Patriots

04.20.14 at 7:00 am ET
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1. While the team-building process for the 2014 season has yet to be completed, it certainly appears that the Patriots roster will be a difficult one for any rookie to crack. Yes, there are some positions where a first-year player could ultimately made an impact, like strong safety, backup linebacker, defensive lineman or tight end. But a quick glance at the nucleus of the roster that’€™s already been assembled shows that it will be an uphill battle for any rookie to make a serious dent in the New England starting lineup.

Here’€™s a look at the expected starters, as well as some key backups who have already put in extended time in the system and could be considered entrenched members of the roster.

OFFENSE (23)
Quarterback: Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett
Running backs: Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, James Develin
Tight ends: Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomananwanui
Offensive line: Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon, Josh Kline, Chris Barker
Wide receivers: Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce, Brandon LaFell, Matthew Slater

DEFENSE (23)
Defensive linemen: Tommy Kelly, Vince Wilfork, Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones, Joe Vellano, Michael Buchanan, Jake Bequette, Armond Armstead
Linebackers: Jamie Collins, Dont’€™a Hightower, Jerod Mayo, Steve Beauharnais
Safeties: Devin McCourty, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner, Duron Harmon
Cornerbacks: Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan (there’€™s already been a lot of talk about Ryan at safety in 2014).

SPECIAL TEAMS (3)
Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen, Danny Aiken

That’€™s 49 players who already figure to be fairly well-established in the New England system, and doesn’t include players like Kanorris Davis, who made an impact on special teams last season, or veteran pickups like Pat Chung, who could make a dent if he proves himself worthy of hanging around.

No one is suggesting this could be a similar scenario to the one that played out in 2007 (no rookies had any real impact on the roster that year). But with the understanding that there always are injuries — as well as the fact that some established veterans don’€™t always meet expectations — at first glance there doesn’t appear to be a lot of room for rookies when it comes to cracking the 2014 roster.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin

04.19.14 at 3:45 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

AARON COLVIN

Position: Cornerback

School: Oklahoma

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 192 pounds

Achievements: 2013, 2012 first-team All-Big 12

What he brings: A good-sized corner, Colvin is a smart, rangy player who can use his length to his advantage. Analysts say he’€™s a willing tackler with good instincts, especially in the run game. Colvin’€™s weaknesses are his average speed and struggles in pass coverage. He could look to add some muscle to his frame. His stock was hurt when he tore his ACL in a practice before the Senior Bowl.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 4-6

Notes: In 2013 Colvin recorded two interceptions and 55 tackles in 11 games. … Before Colvin tore his ACL, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had him rated as his fourth-best cornerback. … During the 2011 season Colvin was moved to strong safety, where he led the team in tackles with 84. He was moved back to cornerback in 2012.

Related articles:

NBCSports: Aaron Colvin visiting teams despite torn ACL

ESPN: When is right time to draft Aaron Colvin?

Video: Here are Colvin’€™s highlights with Oklahoma.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk

04.19.14 at 12:55 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

LACHE SEASTRUNK

Position: Running back

School: Baylor

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 201 pounds

Achievements: 2013 first-team All-Big 12, 2012 Honorable Mention All-Big 12, 2012 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year

What he brings: Seastrunk isn’€™t too small or big, providing an excellent balance between power and speed. His ability to cut and accelerate is his biggest strength, though he sometimes runs laterally too much. Seastrunk possesses good vision and balance. His pass-blocking is average and he has very little experience catching the ball, recording nine career catches in his collegiate career.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4

Notes: Seastrunk ran for 1,177 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns as a junior in 2013. In 2012 he ran for 1,012 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. … Seastrunk originally went to the University of Oregon in 2010 before transferring to Baylor in 2011. … He ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and a 4.37 40-yard dash at his pro day.

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Oregon Live: Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk top in vertical and broad jumps, falls short of 40 goal at NFL combine

CBSSports: 2014 Pro Days: Baylor’s Seastrunk improves combine times

Video: Here are Seastrunk’€™s 2013 highlights against West Virginia.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Utah OLB Trevor Reilly

04.19.14 at 12:50 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

TREVOR REILLY

Position: Outside linebacker

School: Utah

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 245 pounds

Achievements: 2013 first-team All-Pac-12, 2012 honorable mention All-Pac-12

What he brings: Reilly’€™s big frame is enticing and his above-average athleticism, specifically his lateral agility, helps him get to the passer, making him an effective end-of-the-line player. However, Reilly isn’t the quickest or biggest for an outside linebacker, and it shows on tape. While big, he can’€™t overpower bigger offensive linemen, and he can’t beat others with his speed. His coverage abilities are solid.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3

Notes: The 26-year-old recorded 100 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks during his senior year. He had 235 tackles, 37 tackles for losses and an interception in his Utah career. … Reilly tore his ACL before his junior season but played through it, holding off on surgery until after the season. … Reilly went on a two-year Mormon mission to Sweden after high school. He initially planned to go to Texas Tech but decided attend Utah, where he was a walk-on. … Reilly is married and has two daughters. His 1-year-old, Shayn, was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Related articles:

USA Today: NFL draft diary: Trevor Reilly not as old as his age

Fox Sports: Former Utah DE Reilly fueled by daughter’s battle with cancer

KUTV.com: Former Ute Trevor Reilly Talks NFL And Utah Football

Video: Here are Reilly’€™s highlights against USC in 2013.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard

04.19.14 at 9:26 am ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

DARQUEZE DENNARD

Position: Cornerback

School: Michigan State

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 199 pounds

Achievements: Jim Thorpe Award, Jack Tatum Award, unanimous first-team All-American, Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, 2013 first-team All-Big Ten (coaches, media), Big Ten Defensive MVP (ESPN.com, CollegeFootballNews.com), Nagurski Trophy finalist

What he brings: Analysts say that Dennard has perfect size for his position and has strong reaction skills — allowing him to see plays well and have overall good awareness on the field. However, he did not play against many top offenses, and his recent injury history is a concern.

Where the Patriots could get him: Dennard is projected to be a top-15 pick, so the Patriots likely would need to trade up to get him.

Notes: Dennard played much of his junior season with a sports hernia that he likely suffered in September 2012. He had surgery for that injury after the season. … Dennard is a distant cousin of Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.

Related articles:

Los Angeles Times: There’s just no cutting corners for Michigan State‘s Darqueze Dennard

CBSSports.com: 2014 NFL Combine: Canvassing the corner market

CBSSports.com: 2014 NFL Combine: Darqueze Dennard surprisingly sizzles in 40

Video: Here is a video highlighting Dennard’s time with Michigan State.

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