Smokin' Joe Gets a Visitor

As UCF cornerback Joe Burnett prepares for next month's NFL Draft, he is facing many challenges, as seemingly every play of his collegiate career is broken down and examined. Along with his play on the field, teams are examining his size, speed, eating habits, sleeping habits, intelligence, and personality. Find out what NFL top brass came to see Burnett this week.

"I haven't had many visits scheduled, but I've had some private workouts," Burnett told earlier this morning.

Although Joe met many teams at last month's NFL Combine, a few clubs seemed to stand out as they held formal interviews with the former Knight. Those teams, as reported by Inside Knights previously, were the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts.

Along with those two teams, the New England Patriots threw their hats into the ring as Pats head honcho Bill Belichick took a ride down to the UCF facilities to work Burnett out earlier this afternoon. Belichick is familiar with UCF corners, as he helped mold and cultivate former Knight Asante Samuel into a two-time Pro Bowler.

Burnett has similar ball skills as Samuel, and that's the player who he's most compared to by experts. Samuel helped Belichick win a pair of Super Bowls as a starting corner in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

"Joe Burnett is a very good player," NFL Network and former defensive back Mike Mayock said during the Combine. "He's off the radar a little bit, but I like him, he's a valued guy. He's quicker than fast, can cover slot receivers, and has great amount of toughness."

Although it was only a workout, there are very few prospects that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will make a personal visit to see, especially roughly 1000 miles away from Foxboro, Mass.

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