Draft Buzz: Patriots Scout Skill Positions

Another talented wide receiver shows his stuff along with his teammates for scouts of over a dozen teams. A top running back has his following as well. Find out who is showing interest in the pair along with a number of other top NFL draft prospects in this report...

Photo: WR Adarius Bowman (AP Photo/D. Weaver)

Adarius Bowman only played at Oklahoma State for two seasons, but during that short time he put up big numbers, finishing fourth all-time in school history with 155 catches for 2,697 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also became one of the school's elite pass-catchers when he joined Rashaun Woods as one of just two receivers in OSU history to gain at least 1,000 yards in more than one season.

During his senior year, the 6-foot-3, 223-pound target averaged 91.5 receiving yards per game and averaged 15 yards per catch. And even though he missed two games due to a knee sprain, he still rung up 1,006 receiving yards on 67 catches, including eight for touchdowns.

As NFL teams have evaluated Bowman for his leap into the ranks of the NFL, they've undoubtedly noticed that his size is a real advantage when a team needs to move the chains. He converted 67 percent of his catches into a new set of downs for his offense during his senior year.

Scout.com has learned that a few of the teams that have been inquiring about Bowman over the past two months include the Steelers, Patriots, Dolphins, Redskins, Jets, 49ers, Falcons, Vikings, Buccaneers and the Colts.

He's tough: Thomas Brown proved his toughness in more ways than one way during his time as a Georgia Bulldog. Establishing a reputation as a powerful, insider runner who loves contact, he was also a formidable blocker during pass protection despite his 5-foot-8, 204-pound frame.

Thomas Brown tries to elude a tackler.
AP Photo/John Bazemore

"Being a pass-blocker is not a natural thing to do, but being in Georgia — and understanding the system we were in — you had to learn how to pass-block and take practice week-in and week-out and get used to it," he said. "In my opinion, pass-blocking has the built-in mentality that you always have to be the bigger guy to be successful, but I'm a prime example that it's more about leverage and attitude."

Brown bounced back from two serious injuries to finish his career at Georgia with 2,646 rushing yards and a 5.0 yards-per-carry average while scoring 23 touchdowns. He also caught 39 passes for another 372 yards and two touchdowns.

Expectations are high that Brown will be picked during the early rounds of Day Two of the NFL Draft. And those teams considering him on draft day won't overlook the fact that he also returned kickoffs, averaging 22.7 yards per return.

The quick, powerful back told Scout.com that some of the teams he's spoken to over the past couple of months included the Buccaneers, Falcons, Seahawks, Panthers, Jaguars, Colts, Patriots, Browns, Dolphins and Raiders.

Kodak moments: While recently flipping through some of the pictures I took at the Under Armour Senior Bowl back in January, I noticed a number of player-team conversations that were caught on camera that may not have made it into our previous Senior Bowl reports. Here are some of the ones that were easy to pick out:

  • Missouri tight end Martin Rucker was spotted talking with the Jets and the Browns. A Cleveland scout talked to USC offensive guard Sam Baker.
  • The Ravens had contact with a pair of linemen, center Mike Pollack out of Arizona State and Purdue defensive end Cliff Avril.
  • Washington talked with USC tight end Fred Davis following one of the practices.
  • Both the Redskins and the Bears talked with Boston College cornerback DeJuan Tribble.
  • The St. Louis Rams talked with Notre Dame defensive tackle Trevor Laws.
  • Seattle was showing some interest in North Carolina DT DeMario Presley.
  • Jacksonville linebacker coach Mark Duffner was engaged in a very upbeat conversation with Colorado LB Jordon Dizon.

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