WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 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.

Eric Rowe (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Eric Rowe (right) appears likely to be a safety in the NFL, and his combine numbers ranked him among the top in that position. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ERIC ROWE

Position: Cornerback

School: Utah

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 201 pounds

Achievements: 2014 All-Pac-12 honorable mention, 2013 Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention, 2012 All-Pac-12 honorable mention, 2011 Football Writers of America Freshman All-America first team

What he brings: Rowe has experience as both a cornerback and a safety, and many scouts believe that he will end up at safety in the NFL. As a corner, he is expected to be able to use his larger frame to disrupt receivers throughout their routes and to consistently stay with all but the fastest and most athletic NFL receivers. Scouts like his ability to win 50-50 balls as he is often able to get his hand on passes, but they would like to see him haul in some more potential interceptions. He considered to be a good tackler and is physical in run defense. There are concerns that he may take too many penalties in coverage and might get fooled by quicker, athletic receivers.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-5

Notes: Rowe played safety in his first three seasons with the Utes but moved to cornerback before the 2014 season. He recorded 57 tackles and an interception in 2014. Rowe was a standout at the combine, where he worked out as a safety. He finished first among safeties in the three-cone drill (6.70 seconds), first in the 20-yard shuttle (3.97 seconds), second in the 40-yard dash (4.45 seconds), second in the vertical jump (39 inches), third in the broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches), fourth in the bench press (19 reps) and fifth in the 60-yard shuttle (11.48 seconds).

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Deseret News: Rowe’s combine performance shows ability

Video: Here’s Rowe’s interception for a TD against Washington State in September 2014.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler

Linebacker Rolando McClain has apparently opted to stick with the Cowboys, as he’s agreed to a one-year deal with a base salary of $3 million, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.

Linebacker Rolando McClain has apparently opted to stick with the Cowboys, as he’s agreed to a one-year deal with a base salary of $3 million, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.

The Patriots were in the mix for McClain with an offer, but the Alabama product decided to return to Dallas. The 6-foot-4, 259-pounder had one of the best seasons of his career last year with the Cowboys when he finished with 81 tackles and a sack in 13 games for Dallas.

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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 2015 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.

Andy Gallik (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Andy Gallik started every game for Boston College since midway through his freshman season. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

ANDY GALLIK

Position: Center

School: Boston College

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 304 pounds

Achievements: 2014 Rimington Trophy finalist for best center, 2014 All-ACC first team (media), 2014 All-ACC second team (coaches), 2013 All-ACC third team (media)

What he brings: Gallik is a powerful center who is praised for his ability to match the strength of almost anybody he is matched up against. Scouts consider him a scrappy, nasty player whose competitiveness will help him win battles. However, he is not as quick or athletic as many other linemen, and there are concerns that he may have trouble reaching the second level to make blocks. His lack of agility may also allow some defenders to avoid his blocks. When he is able to make blocks, scouts and experts really like his ability to hold them for a good period of time.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 5-7

Notes: Gallik, an Illinois native, was a captain for BC in 2014. He missed three games in his 2011 freshman season but started every game since then. He finished in the top seven among offensive linemen for the bench press in the combine, with 29 reps.

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WEEI.com: Steve Addazio: Andy Gallik ‘going to have a great future’ in the NFL

ESPN.com: Gallik Q&A before 2014 season

Video: Gallik and teammate Sean Duggan discuss being named captains prior to last season.

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Nik Beimler

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was called to the stand in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial Tuesday morning. Kraft took to the stand for roughly 30 minutes.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was called to the stand in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial Tuesday morning. Kraft took to the stand for roughly 30 minutes.

Kraft said he went to Gillette Stadium the day Hernandez was connected to Odin Lloyd’s murder where he was working out in the weight room. Kraft spoke to Hernandez asking him about the murder.

Hernandez said he was not involved and was “at a club.” He asked Hernandez if he had any involvement and Hernandez told Kraft he was “innocent.” Kraft then said after the 5-10 minute conversation the two hugged and kissed as they always did and he thanked Kraft for his concern.

Hernandez also told Kraft, “he hoped that the time of the incident became public because he was at a club at that time.” There is video evidence that shows otherwise.

Kraft was also asked about what he knew about Hernandez and Lloyd’s relationship. He said it was a social relationship because Lloyd was his fiance’s sister’s boyfriend.

The Patriots owner also said he didn’t know much about Hernandez’s life outside of Gillette Stadium.

After his 30 minutes of testimony Kraft stepped down from the stand and did not look at Hernandez as he walked out of the courtroom.

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Ryan Hannable

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 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.

Sammie Coates (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Sammie Coates helped his cause with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl (above) and at the combine. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

SAMMIE COATES

Position: Wide receiver

School: Auburn

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 201 pounds

Achievements: 2014 Biletnikoff Award watch list for best receiver, Maxwell Award watch list for best overall player

What he brings: Coates is praised for his top-end speed to go with his above-average size. However, many question his consistency, especially when it comes to dropping passes. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein says Coates has “early round traits and late-round receiving skills right now, but the upside will be hard to pass on and could pay off in a big way.”

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-3

Notes: Coates had 34 receptions for 741 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. He has some injury problems, as he was forced to redshirt his freshman season because of a knee injury and missed a game early in 2014 because of his knee. He finished among his position’s leaders at the combine in the bench press (23 reps), vertical jump (41 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 11 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.06 seconds).

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Bleacher Report: How Coates’ injury affects his draft stock

ESPN.com: Coates is ready for NFL

Video: Coates catches five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown against Texas A&M in 2013.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler

Dan Connolly isn’t the only Patriots free agent visiting with a team in Florida.

Dan Connolly isn’t the only Patriots free agent visiting with a team in Florida.

According to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, running back Stevan Ridley is visiting with the Dolphins on Tuesday. Ridley is a free agent after spending his first four seasons in the league with the Patriots.

Ridley suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Bills in Week 6 this past season, so it seems likely the LSU product will take a one-year, “prove it” deal as a first-time free agent. Chris Price took a look at Ridley’s situation in this weeks Sunday Notes.

In four seasons in the league, Ridley has ran for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns.

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Ryan Hannable

Offensive lineman Dan Connolly is scheduled for a visit with the Bucs later this week, according to a report from ESPN. The 32-year-old free agent is one of the longest-tenured member of the New England roster, having been with the Patriots since 2007.