Marshall in town
The Patriots hosted Fresno State cornerback Richard Marshall on a pre-draft visit at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. The visit was confirmed by Marshall’s agent, Steve Feldman.
It is the second time in a week that the Patriots have hosted a cornerback, as Clemson’s Tye Hill was in town early last week.
NFL teams are allowed to host up to 30 out-of-town NFL prospects leading up to the draft. Hosting prospects at Gillette Stadium doesn’t mean the Patriots have plans to draft the player, but likely means they are seeking more information on the player and haven’t ruled him out. The pre-draft visits are usually more meet-and-greet type of sessions and could also include physicals.
Marshall might be a potential target with the Patriots’ first-round pick, No. 21. Patriots coach Bill Belichick lauded the Bulldogs' program last year when New England selected Fresno State guard Logan Mankins in the first round and safety James Sanders in the fourth round. Fresno State is coached by Pat Hill, who was an assistant on Belichick’s staff with the Cleveland Browns in the early-to-mid 1990s.
Marshall (5-11, 187) is known to be one of the more physical cornerbacks in the 2006 draft. His willingness to help in run support was partially evidenced by his team-leading total of 78 tackles in 2005. Marshall, who leaves school after his junior season, is one of the top prospects at cornerback. Should he wind up in New England, he'd be reuinted with James Sanders, one of his close friends.
The Patriots are scheduled to host another defensive back, Nebraska safety Daniel Bullocks, in the coming weeks. Bullocks (6-0, 212), who is known as a tough, physical player excelling in run support, is also represented by Steve Feldman.
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