WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Aaron Colvin (AP)

Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin tore his ACL in a practice before the Senior Bowl. (AP)

AARON COLVIN

Position: Cornerback

School: Oklahoma

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 192 pounds

Achievements: 2013, 2012 first-team All-Big 12

What he brings: A good-sized corner, Colvin is a smart, rangy player who can use his length to his advantage. Analysts say he’€™s a willing tackler with good instincts, especially in the run game. Colvin’€™s weaknesses are his average speed and struggles in pass coverage. He could look to add some muscle to his frame. His stock was hurt when he tore his ACL in a practice before the Senior Bowl.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 4-6

Notes: In 2013 Colvin recorded two interceptions and 55 tackles in 11 games. … Before Colvin tore his ACL, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had him rated as his fourth-best cornerback. … During the 2011 season Colvin was moved to strong safety, where he led the team in tackles with 84. He was moved back to cornerback in 2012.

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Video: Here are Colvin’€™s highlights with Oklahoma.

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Arjuna Ramgopal

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Lache Seastrunk (AP)

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk averaged 7.4 yards per carry in 2013 after averaging 7.7 a year earlier. (AP)

LACHE SEASTRUNK

Position: Running back

School: Baylor

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 201 pounds

Achievements: 2013 first-team All-Big 12, 2012 Honorable Mention All-Big 12, 2012 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year

What he brings: Seastrunk isn’€™t too small or big, providing an excellent balance between power and speed. His ability to cut and accelerate is his biggest strength, though he sometimes runs laterally too much. Seastrunk possesses good vision and balance. His pass-blocking is average and he has very little experience catching the ball, recording nine career catches in his collegiate career.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4

Notes: Seastrunk ran for 1,177 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns as a junior in 2013. In 2012 he ran for 1,012 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. … Seastrunk originally went to the University of Oregon in 2010 before transferring to Baylor in 2011. … He ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and a 4.37 40-yard dash at his pro day.

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Video: Here are Seastrunk’€™s 2013 highlights against West Virginia.

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Arjuna Ramgopal

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Trevor Reilly (AP)

Utah linebacker Trevor Reilly, who had 100 tackles as a senior in 2013, is one of the draft’s oldest players at 26. (AP)

TREVOR REILLY

Position: Outside linebacker

School: Utah

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 245 pounds

Achievements: 2013 first-team All-Pac-12, 2012 honorable mention All-Pac-12

What he brings: Reilly’€™s big frame is enticing and his above-average athleticism, specifically his lateral agility, helps him get to the passer, making him an effective end-of-the-line player. However, Reilly isn’t the quickest or biggest for an outside linebacker, and it shows on tape. While big, he can’€™t overpower bigger offensive linemen, and he can’t beat others with his speed. His coverage abilities are solid.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3

Notes: The 26-year-old recorded 100 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks during his senior year. He had 235 tackles, 37 tackles for losses and an interception in his Utah career. … Reilly tore his ACL before his junior season but played through it, holding off on surgery until after the season. … Reilly went on a two-year Mormon mission to Sweden after high school. He initially planned to go to Texas Tech but decided attend Utah, where he was a walk-on. … Reilly is married and has two daughters. His 1-year-old, Shayn, was diagnosed with cancer last year.

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Video: Here are Reilly’€™s highlights against USC in 2013.

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Arjuna Ramgopal

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Darqueze Dennard (AP)

Michigan State standout Darqueze Dennard (left) is a distant cousin of Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. (AP)

DARQUEZE DENNARD

Position: Cornerback

School: Michigan State

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 199 pounds

Achievements: Jim Thorpe Award, Jack Tatum Award, unanimous first-team All-American, Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, 2013 first-team All-Big Ten (coaches, media), Big Ten Defensive MVP (ESPN.com, CollegeFootballNews.com), Nagurski Trophy finalist

What he brings: Analysts say that Dennard has perfect size for his position and has strong reaction skills — allowing him to see plays well and have overall good awareness on the field. However, he did not play against many top offenses, and his recent injury history is a concern.

Where the Patriots could get him: Dennard is projected to be a top-15 pick, so the Patriots likely would need to trade up to get him.

Notes: Dennard played much of his junior season with a sports hernia that he likely suffered in September 2012. He had surgery for that injury after the season. … Dennard is a distant cousin of Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.

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Video: Here is a video highlighting Dennard’s time with Michigan State.

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Meredith Perri

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

DaQuan Jones (AP)

DaQuan Jones led Penn State with 11.5 tackles for loss in 2013. (AP)

DAQUAN JONES

Position: Defensive tackle

School: Penn State

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 322 pounds

Achievements: 2013 first-team All-Big Ten

What he brings: Jones lost 25 pounds during the 2013 offseason and, according to scouts, now displays more quickness off the snap. Jones has the strength to control blocks, but analysts say that he can take plays off at times and struggle with his range.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3

Notes: Jones was ranked the No. 2 high school offensive lineman by Rivals.com coming out of Johnson City (N.Y.) High. He also was the captain of his football and basketball teams and was a member of the track and field team in high school. … Penn State coaches initially kept Jones out of the first four games of his freshman season in an attempt to preserve the chance to have him redshirt. His play during practice, however, got him time on the field. By his senior year, he started in all 12 games and led the teams with 11.5 tackles for loss.

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Video: Here is a video with highlights from Jones’ senior season at Penn State.

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Meredith Perri

The Patriots are one of four teams who have shown pre-draft interest in Boston College running back Andre Williams, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Andre Williams ran for 2,177 yards this past year for BC. (AP)

Andre Williams ran for 2,177 yards this past year for BC. (AP)

The Patriots are one of four teams who have shown pre-draft interest in Boston College running back Andre Williams, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

The Browns, Steelers and Jets have also shown interest in Williams, who led the nation in rushing with 2,177 yards (to go along with 18 touchdowns) and was a Heisman finalist this past season with the Eagles. However, the opportunity to stick in Eastern Massachusetts is certainly alluring for Williams, who was a consensus All-American and Doak Walker Award winner in 2013.

“œIt would be a blessing to end up on the Patriots squad,”€€ said the 5-foot-11, 230-pounder at the combine in February. “They’€™€™re a winning franchise. They have a great coach. He seems like a really levelheaded cool guy to deal with. It would be great to go back to the Northeast. That’€™€™s where my family is situated right now. It would be a great fit.”

Considered a second-day pickup, Williams is among the upper tier of backs expected to be taken this year, a group that includes Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, Auburn’s Tre Mason, Washington’s Bishop Sankey and LSU’s Jeremy Hill.

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Christopher Price

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Dee Ford (AP)

Auburn’s Dee Ford had two sacks of Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston in the BCS national championship game. (AP)

DEE FORD

Position: Outside linebacker

School: Auburn

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 252 pounds

Achievements: 2014 Senior Bowl MVP, 2013 first-team All-SEC

What he brings: Ford is a great athlete who plays hard, possessing great speed and burst for the outside linebacker position. Scouts consider him a speed rusher, as he relies on his speed to get to the quarterback. While he has shown some power, scouts fear he lacks the strength to go against NFL tackles, especially when it comes to setting the edge for the running game. While the 23-year-old had experience dropping into coverage at Auburn, scouts fear his speed is too average for the NFL.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-2

Notes: In 2013 Ford had 8.5 sacks and 26 tackles in the regular season, adding two sacks and three tackles in the BCS national championship game against Florida State. … He missed the first two games of 2013 with a left knee sprain. He missed all but three games in 2011 due to a back injury. The back injury was an issue at the NFL combine and left Ford unable to participate in any of the drills.

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Video: Here are Ford’€™s highlights from his time at Auburn.

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Arjuna Ramgopal

FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia is joined by Chris Price to discuss the leadership that offensive captain Logan Mankins brings to the Patriots. Mankins defended the team against the harsh criticism of former linebacker Brandon Spikes and laughed off a prediction from Spikes that his new team, the Buffalo Bills, would beat the Patriots twice in 2014 when the two square off this season. Petraglia and Price also discuss how Mankins will stabilize a veteran offensive line that has lost its longtime coach Dante Scarnecchia to retirement.

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Mike Petraglia

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Zack Martin (AP)

Offensive lineman Zack Martin joined a short list of players who captained Notre Dame for two seasons. (AP)

ZACK MARTIN

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Notre Dame

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 308 pounds

Achievements: One of 18 two-time captains in Notre Dame football history, started a team-record 52 straight games, 2013 Pinstripe Bowl MVP, 2013-14 ESPN.com All-Bowl Team, four-time Notre Dame Guardian Life Insurance Guardian of the Year, 2012 Walter Camp second-team All-American

What he brings: Some scouts and managers have argued that Martin should make a move from offensive tackle to guard because his arm length is not long enough for the NFL. While they question Martin’€™s size and foot speed, Martin’s knowledge of the game and power became a selling point especially after the Senior Bowl.

Where the Patriots could get him: Martin is expected to be a top-20 pick, so the Patriots likely would need to trade up to get him.

Notes: Martin, 23, redshirted his freshman year and finished out his fourth year of eligibility as a graduate student during the 2013 season even though he could have been drafted in Rounds 2-4 in 2013.

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Video: Here is a video of Martin during Notre Dame‘s game against Alabama in the 2013 BCS championship game.

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Meredith Perri