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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Oregon State CB Rashaad Reynolds 05.08.14 at 12:25 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.

RASHAAD REYNOLDS

Position: Cornerback

School: Oregon State

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 189 pounds

Achievements: 2013 All-Pac-12 second team (coaches), 2012 All-Pac-12 honorable mention

What he brings: Reynolds is a very athletic corner who has impressed scouts with his anticipation instincts and leadership ability. Concerns have been raised over Reynolds’ slim build, as he needs to work on his tackling and avoid being pushed back in piles. Despite these shortcomings, most scouts view Reynolds as a durable, low-risk prospect.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4

Notes: Reynolds finished his final year with Oregon State with 61 tackles and a career-high six interceptions. His six picks tied him for the conference lead and was tied for seventh in the nation. … Reynolds was named to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch list in 2013. The award is given to the top defensive back in the country. … At the NFL combine, Reynolds posted a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash and completed 20 reps at the bench press (tied for third among all CBs).

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Corvallis Gazette-Times: Reynolds taking first step toward NFL with East-West Shrine game

Video: Here is a video of Reynolds’€™ performance against Washington State in 2013.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Tennessee OT Ja’Wuan James at 9:44 am ET
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JA’€™WUAN JAMES

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Tennessee

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 311 pounds

Achievements: 2013 second-team All-SEC (Associated Press, College Sports Madness), 2010 freshman All-SEC (coaches)

What he brings: James has more than ideal size and, according to scouts, has shown both patience as a pass protector as well as power at the point of attack. Scouts also say, though, that he struggles with getting to the right pad level at times.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-3

Notes: James started in every game he played in during his four-year career at Tennessee. The 49 starts, all of which were at right tackle, set a school record for career starts by an offensive lineman. … in 2012 James was a part of an offense that averaged 475.9 yards per game (20th in the NCAA), had 315.6 yards of passing offense per game (15th) and allowed just 0.67 sacks per game (fourth).

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The Washington Post: Tackle Ja’Wuan James working to further increase draft stock

The Daily Beacon: Ja’Wuan James a model of consistency throughout UT career

Video: Here is a video that highlights James’ career with Tennessee.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Fresno State QB Derek Carr at 9:35 am ET
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DEREK CARR

Position: Quarterback

School: Fresno State

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 214 pounds

Achievements: 2013 Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, 2013 third-team All-American (CBSSports.com, Phil Steele), 2013 Sammy Baugh Award (nation’€™s top passer), 2012 Mountain West Player of the Year, 2012 honorable mention All-American (Sports Illustrated)

What he brings: Carr has a gunslinger mentality with an ability to fire the ball with relative ease all over the field. He has impressed scouts with his ability to read coverage and his athleticism. However, Carr lacks the ideal height for an NFL QB and has small hands. Analysts have also pointed out that his impressive stats have been padded by playing in a Mountain West Conference that has some of the worst defenses in all of college football.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-2

Notes: Carr had one of the most impressive seasons for a quarterback in 2013, throwing for 5,082 yards with 50 touchdowns vs. eight interceptions. He became just the fourth QB in FBS history to throw for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a single season. … Carr’€™s 113-to-24 career touchdown-to-interception ratio stands as the second-highest in FBS history. … At the NFL combine Carr posted a 4.69 at the 40-yard dash and a 34.5 in the vertical jump (second among all QBs). … His brother, David Carr, also was a standout QB at Fresno State and was the first pick in 2002 NFL draft by the Texans.

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Video: Here is a video of Derek Carr’€™s performance against Nevada in 2013.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Clemson WR Martavis Bryant at 6:23 am ET
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MARTAVIS BRYANT

Position: Wide receiver

School: Clemson

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 211 pounds

Achievements: 2013 All-ACC honorable mention (coaches, media)

What he brings: Bryant is tall with long arms, and he has displayed galloping speed and an ability to make acrobatic catches with ease. Analysts note that he needs to add more bulk and had far too many double catches and drops while at Clemson.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-4

Notes: Bryant made the decision to enter the draft after a junior campaign when he started in 11 of 13 games and had 42 receptions for 828 yards and seven touchdowns. He missed a start against Wake Forest after he made a throat slashing gesture during a game against North Carolina State. … The 22-year-old had the fifth-best time of any wide receiver in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine as he finished the run in 4.42 seconds. … During the 2012 season, Bryant had 10 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns, but he missed two games because of a groin injury and was academically ineligible for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. … During his first season with Clemson, Bryant played in all 14 games and started two, totaling nine receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

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The Post and Courier: The Maturation of Martavis Bryant: Clemson wide receiver is a student, an athlete and a father

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Video: Here is a video highlighting Bryant’s career at Clemson.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Montana LB Jordan Tripp 05.07.14 at 9:34 pm ET
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JORDAN TRIPP

Position: Linebacker

School: Montana

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 234 pounds

Achievements: 2013 Buck Buchanan Award finalist (given to top defensive player in FCS), 2013 FCS All-America first team (Associated Press), 2012 All-America second team (Sports Network), 2012 All-America third team (Associated Press), 2012 Tony Barbour Award (Given to Montana player that best exemplifies the values and work ethic of the program).

What he brings: Tripp has impressed analysts with his toughness, work ethic and instincts. The linebacker has shown an ability to handle both the run and play in coverage and could be a major contributor to any NFL franchise’€™s special teams unit. Shedding and moving past blocks has been a issue for Tripp in his collegiate career.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 4-6

Notes: In 40 career games with Montana, Tripp amassed 335 total tackles (115 solo). His 10 fumble recoveries are a school record. … Tripp is a third-generation football player at Montana, as his father and grandfather both played for the Grizzlies. … At the NFL combine, Tripp recorded a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash and a 3.96 in the 20-yard shuffle.

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Video: Here is a video of Tripp’€™s performance against Coastal Carolina in 2013.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Alabama WR Kevin Norwood at 7:27 pm ET
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KEVIN NORWOOD

Position: Wide receiver

School: Alabama

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 198 pounds

Achievements: Two-time BCS national champion (2012, 2011)

What he brings: Playing in Alabama’€™s run-heavy offense, Norwood made his mark with the Crimson Tide as a skilled route-runner with soft hands. Scouts have been impressed with his character and work ethic. He will need to add weight and strength if he wants to succeed at the next level, especially due to the fact that Norwood is said to have a bad habit of playing too high and struggling against physical secondary matchups.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4

Notes: In his final season at Alabama, Norwood caught 38 passes for 568 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 14.9 yards per catch. … Norwood redshirted as a true freshman during Alabama’€™s 2009 championship season. … At the NFL combine, Norwood recorded a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash and a 6.68 in the 3-cone drill (fourth among all WRs).

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Yahoo Sports: Alabama’s Kevin Norwood holds up his clutch hands to stand out among prolific WRs

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Video: Here is a video of Norwood’€™s highlights with the Crimson Tide.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis at 4:25 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.

JUSTIN ELLIS

Position: Defensive tackle

School: Louisiana Tech

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 334 pounds

Achievements: 2013 All-CUSA honorable mention, 2011 second-team All-WAC

What he brings: The hefty defensive tackle uses his weight and strength to fight off blocks and clog up running lanes. Scouts say that Ellis has the ability to anchor a defensive line. Concerns have been raised over Ellis’ conditioning and a lack of pass-rushing ability.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 4-5

Notes: After a lackluster 2012 campaign, Ellis posted a strong senior season with 48 tackles, including 5.5 for loss. … Ellis missed three games with a right ankle sprain in 2012. … At the NFL combine, Ellis ran the 40-yard dash in 5.27 seconds and completed 25 reps of the bench press.

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Video: Here is a video highlighting some of Ellis’ best plays while at La. Tech

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