Patriots Draft: Meachem In Pats Plans?

The New England Patriots are one of five teams scheduled to have Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem in for a visit. First reported by's Tony Pauline over the weekend, New England adds yet another top prospect to the list of those players who will make a trip to Foxboro.

After learning that the Patriots took a keen interest in University of Minnesota wide receiver Logan Payne last week,'s Tony Pauline reported yesterday that New England has a visit scheduled with a wide receiver expected to be drafted in the first round. Meachem's agent has since confirmed the visit to New England.

The Patriots are one of five teams that have scheduled a visit with the Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem.

Several teams presently have the junior ranked as the No. 2 receiver in this draft after Calvin Johnson. There is movement on the receiver board for April's draft. Over the past two weeks, we've twice reported that it is quite possible Ohio State junior Ted Ginn Jr. is unlikely to work out for scouts before the draft due to his foot injury. As a result, his draft grade is slipping.

After a fine performance at the combine, Meachem bettered many of his marks during Wednesday's pro day at Tennessee. He ran his 40s in the mid-4.4 second range and had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches.

Meachem is scheduled to take official visits to see the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings in the next two weeks. He will also sit down with the brain trust of the Miami Dolphins next week.

The present feeling is Meachem will be off the board by the draft's 15th pick.

Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem (3) catches a five-yard touchdown pass as Air Force cornerback Chris Sutton (6) defends in the fourth quarter of their college football game on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee squeezed past Air Force, 31-30. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Here is's predraft analysis on Meachem:

Player Profile: Robert Meachem Ht: 6-2 Wt: 214 40: 4.45

Meeting expectations last season, Meachem offers a lot of potential, yet still needs work to complete his game. Has the skills to develop into a No. 1 wideout.

Biography: All-Conference selection last season after producing a career-best 71/1,298/11. Started two games as a sophomore and totaled 29/383/2.

Positives: Physically gifted prospect with terrific size/speed numbers. Plays with good balance and body control, and makes the difficult reception in contorted positions. Displays a burst of speed, tracks the deep throw and effortlessly makes the reception in stride. Stays low exiting breaks, positions himself to make the reception and extends to catch the pass.

Negatives: Inconsistent route-runner who slows into breaks. Not quick releasing off the line. Struggles in battles when he should not.

- Tony Pauline

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