Draft Buzz: Replacing Gaffney A Possibility

The New England Patriots have been busy scouting players from the college ranks around the country. The Senior Bowl was one more place to get a closer look at some of the top playmakers. One player caught scout's eyes in Mobile. Could he be the player New England tabs to become their third WR behind Wes Welker and Randy Moss?

The most productive receiver in Saturday night’s Senior Bowl was Oklahoma wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias. Iglesias caught six passes for 90 yards, including a 41-yard strike. The Sooners best receiver throughout the season had a very good week of practice in Mobile, and he may have had an advantage as he worked out with a couple of the North team quarterbacks.

“I actually train with Graham Harrell and Rhett (Bomar),” Iglesias told Scout.com in an exclusive interview. “I think it’s helped me a little bit, get the timing down but you can’t get that much by just being out here for a couple days.”

Iglesias finished his senior season on the country’s most explosive offense with 74 catches for 1150 yards and 10 touchdowns. The speedy, 6’0”, 204 lb. Texas native has a modest personality and is far from a “chest-thumper,” despite having that type of ability.

“My first day out here I was a little rocky just trying to make sure I did the right plays, but I think I moved past that,” Iglesias said following a North team practice. “Today I just tried to put my best foot forward with all the coaches and being out here for the last day I’m just trying to get better and better.”

Juaquin Iglesias #9 avoids Derek Pegues Senior Bowl on Jan 24, 2009
(Photo Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

When asked about who the best corner he lined up against in practice was, Iglesias quickly replied, “Victor (Macho) Harris, he’s a good player.” When lined up against Harris, Iglesias more than held his own, making several plays all week long.

Juaquin is currently projected to be a late first-day pick, as he has reportedly run a 4.4 40-yard dash. If the Patriots select the Texas native, they could have yet another weapon on what is one year removed from the best offense in the history of the NFL.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.

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