Scouting Report: Patriots Mining For Diamonds

Patriots VP of Player Personnel, Scott Pioli takes his job seriously when it comes to finding new talent for the team's roster. So do the employees who work for him. Patriots scouts are expected at a number of venues this week, with one getting special attention. A GM from a top NFC team will also be on hand to evaluate talent.

When they say teams are looking for diamonds in the rough, sometimes they really are. Tonight's Mountain West match-up between BYU and TCU has drawn the attention scouts from across the NFL. With over 10 teams expected to have representatives on hand, the Patriots have opted to send a pair of scouts to check out the recruits. Though none of the players are ranked as the best of the best, there are a few possible keepers on both teams. insiders have confirmed that area scout Marvin Allen & Assistant Director of College Scouting Jonathan Robinson are expected to attend tonight's game. Two scouts at the game give the Patriots the opportunity to check in on both teams, so none of the potential diamonds in the rough are missed. The New York Giants thought highly enough of the match-up to send GM Jerry Reese in addition to their area scout.

The list of TCU prospects is lead by middle linebacker 6-foot-1, 235-pound Jason Phillips.'s Chris Steuber complied this scouting report on Philips prior to the TCU - Oklahoma game

CS: Jason Phillips is a forceful, instinctive linebacker who displays great awareness on defense. He has excellent initial quickness and explodes to the ball-carrier. He's physical, plays with a high motor and never gives up on a play. He fills a gap, takes on blocks and redirects the path of the opposition. He's disciplined in coverage and gets depth in drops. He's a very active player.

Other TCU Prospects to keep an eye on:

MLB, Jason Phillips, Senior
MLB, Robert Henson, Senior
DE, Matt Panfil, Senior
DT, Cody Moore, Senior
FS, Steven Coleman, Senior
SS, Stephen Hodge, Senior
RB, Aaron Brown, Senior
C, Blake Schlueter, Senior

OLB, Daryl Washington, Junior
DE, Jerry Hughes, Junior

For BYU the top product is likely 6-foot-5, 250-pound (Jr.) TE Dennis Pitta , NFLDraftscout considers Pitta to be among the five best TE's in the country.

NDS: A first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection ... finished the season as the fifth ranked tight end (second ranked sophomore), averaging 63 yards per game ... led all tight ends in the MWC (sixth overall) with 59 receptions on the season, averaged 4.5 per game ... recorded five touchdowns on the season, leading all MWC tight ends ...2004: Participated in spring drills... gray-shirted the 2003 season...father played middle linebacker for California from 1968-1969.

Other BYU Prospects to keep an eye on:

OLB, David Nixon, Senior
FB, Fui Vakapuna, Senior
OG, Travis Bright, Senior
OG, Ray Feinga, Senior
C, Dallas Reynolds, Senior

MLB, Matt Bauman, Junior
OLB, Coleby Clawson, Junior
DE, Jan Jorgensen, Junior
DE, Ian Dulan, Junior
DT, Russ Tialavea, Junior
QB, Max Hall, Junior
RB, Harvey Unga, Redshirt Sophomore
WR, Austin Collie, Junior
TE, Dennis Pitta, Junior

For scouting reports by the TCU and BYU insiders be sure to check their sites at

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