Just a few years removed from their run toward the national championship, has Rutgers falling off the pace slightly. That hasn't stopped coach Greg Schiano from recruiting talent. The New England Patriots looked at three players from the Rutgers program, Patriots Insider has confirmed. QB Mike Teel had a personal workout as did tight End Kevin Brock and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.
Both Brock and Underwood were still on the board by the start of the third round on Day two of the Draft. Each could conceivably be selected by a team before this Draft piece is published.
Brock has drawn interest from a number of teams according to a league source. The Rutgers program featured Wide receiver Kenny Britt who has drawn plenty of interest from around the league. Though the Patriots need a wide receiver on Day Two, Britt was long gone in the first round. Underwood is an interesting prospect at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds.
Jason Williams Still On The Board
It's hard to believe but Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams was still on the board on Day Two. Why was it surprising> Williams told PatriotsInsider.com's Jon Scott that he was able to run a 4.42 40 yard dash. Let us repeat 4.42 That's faster than many of the running backs in this year's Draft class.
"Yeah, I was always fast, I just needed to work on strength and conditioning," Williams said by phone Friday night when asked about his pre-Draft training. (Audio Interview)
Williams met with teams at the East West Shrine game. He showed why the Leathernecks like him so much. "He is fast enough to chase people down from behind," Western Illinois' defensive coordinator said in a Youtube video of Williams.
Richmond Isn't Just Sidbury's Territory.
The buzz for Day two is that the Patriots are looking to land another linebacker. One of the names on that list is Laurence Sidbury. New England showed interest in Sidbury, but the team has opted to stay away from linebackers so far.
A relative unknown on the list is Sidbury's teammate Sherman Logan. Logan has shown that he's capable of being the guy on Sundays at the next level. Patriots Insider conducted an exclusive interview with Logan, which can be found here (LINK)
Plenty of players the Patriots like on the offensive line are available on Day Two. Some of the ones projected to go in the third, fourth and fifth rounds include some from Bill Belichick's friend Kirk Ferentz's program at Iowa.
Seth Olsen and Rob Bruggerman have reportedly been seen by the Patriots' coaching staff. A league source confirmed, that the Patriots "love" Ferentz and the Iowa program."
Give Him Liberty Give Him A Draft Position
Liberty running back Rashad Jennings( @rashadjennings on twitter ) is on the board. A player many believe could turn into a top flight back at the next level, is still available. We caught up with Jennings' running backs coach Frank Hickson who had plenty of praise for his top ballcarrier.
"Rashad is a complete back," Hickson said when asked to describe Jenning's running style. "He's big, powerful, runs downhill and really runs hard."
Jennings transferred from Pitt to tiny Liberty to be closer to his family. Hickson admitted it was Liberty's good fortune to have him. "He wanted to be close to his family," Hickson said. "It was a Godsend."
Hickson said it wasn't just talent which made Jenning's arrival special, it was his committment. Hickson credited Liberty head coach Danny Rocco for installing a system where players would strive to improve. That work paid off when Jennings turned in solid numbers in front of NFL Scouts.
"We are all very excited about Rashad Jennings and his potential NFL opportunities," Rocco told libertyflames.com. "Rashad has demonstrated a very high level of commitment when it comes to his out-of-season preparation."
Hickson agreed. It was exactly what Rocco promoted at Liberty, which allowed Hickson to coach "one of the most enjoyable players" during his tenure at Liberty. Hickson praised Jennings football IQ, and unselfish style, recalling a moment when the big back took a knee against Coastal Carolina with the game still on the line. Jennings could easily have scored on the play, but forfeited personal gain to secure the win.
"By taking a knee he showed that he valued the team more than personal statistics. That tells you all you need to know about what kind of player he is. He has 'Football IQ' as coach Rocco says."
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