Patriots Draft: Senior Bowl Conversations

The Patriots scouts arrived in Mobile this weekend wasting little time getting to know prospects that may be able to help them in 2006. Just a few hours behind their competitors, the New England crew set up shop and got down to business. It looks like the immediate goal is to find players that can step into the mix asap. Competition to find the right players has the Patriots, Dolphins and Jaguars talking to the same prospects.

Mobile, AL -- Teams hot on the trail of prospects, like puppies waiting to be served water and lapping it up quickly when it arrives. That is the scene at the Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL as Senior Bowl week kicks off.

The New England Patriots arrived in grand style on Sunday and were hot on the tail of numerous players. They were vigilant in taking aside the players and doing one-on-one interviews with them.

The focus of their intentions was clear from their pursuits, the offensive and defensive lines.

Among the players corralled by the New England scouts included Tennessee defensive lineman Jesse Mahelona, Stanford nose tackle Babatunde Oshinowo and Oklahoma defensive lineman Dusty Dvoracek.

With their looks at defensive linemen it makes you wonder what the future holds for Richard Seymour.

On the offensive side of the ball the Patriots spoke at length with Pittsburgh tackle Charles Spencer, a player that many project to guard, and Ryan Cook, a lineman out of New Mexico.

The Patriots gave up more knockdowns this year than Tom Brady has faced over last three.

Mahelona also drew interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as the Philadelphia Eagles while Dvoracek caught the eyes of the Miami Dolphins. Max Jean-Giles was also of interest to Miami as they know that Hudson Houck worked his magic again last year and would love to upgrade a few positions.

Atlanta continued to be a visible presence on the Riverview Plaza concourse. There was no limits to their attractions as they spoke with Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway, a player former Buckeye Matt Roth called a top three pick, and Auburn wide receiver Anthony Mix. The franchise is stil trying to find the right mix for the position, and most importantly someone who will be comfortable with Mike Vick.

The Kansas City Chiefs were a little late in their arrival to the procession but stuck to their approach of face-to-face time with the prospect they are interested in.

LSU defensive lineman Kyle Williams was among the targets on the first day and the Chiefs are usually one of the more active teams on Monday and Tuesday.

The Green Bay Packers, in dire need of offensive line help to help their quarterback find time in the pocket, spoke to Boise State specimen Daryn Colledge. While he played left tackle for the Broncos, Colledge may be moved inside due to his lack of ideal height.

The Chicago Bears were still on the rampage on Sunday, showing love to tight end Mercedes Lewis. A top tier tight end would be a nice compliment to a wide receiving unit that showed a lot of promise late in the year. The Bears have been looking for a threat at tight end since the days of Mike Ditka more than 40 years ago. The offense needs to improve in the passing game and giving Rex Grossman a tight end that makes an opposing defense account for his ability would be a safety net for the quarterback.

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