Developing young quarterbacks is generally considered good business, and if the Patriots draft a signal-caller this year, one player to keep an eye on is San Diego's Josh Johnson.
The Patriots recently sent a high-ranking member of their coaching staff to meet with Johnson for a private workout. Scouts often say that Division I-AA players must dominate if they are to receive serious NFL consideration, and Johnson did that at the University of San Diego.
As part of their draft preparation, the Patriots hold private workouts for several prospects. In most cases, they most accurately represent that the team is seeking more information before giving the player a final ranking on the draft board.
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