The Patriots worked out West Virginia's Pat White on Wednesday, the Globe has confirmed.
The news was first reported by NFL.com, which also said White worked out for the Broncos and Josh McDaniels.
White is one of the draft's more intriguing prospects. He was a spread option quarterback at West Virginia, rushing for 4,480 yards in four seasons, an NCAA record for career rushing yardage by a QB. He also completed 64.8 percent of his passes, breaking the West Virginia school record of Marc Bulger.
Most teams have projected White as a wide receiver in the NFL, but after an impressive passing display at the NFL Scouting Combine, White began to gain consideration as a QB.
At the West Virginia Pro Day on March 12, White, who would like to be a quarterback but has made it clear he's willing to do whatever it takes to make it in the NFL, did not run pass routes for teams after no team requested him to do so.
He said he was willing to do those in a private workout.
According to league sources, White worked out as both a wide receiver and a quarterback for the Patriots, who might be viewing him as a versatile player that they could use in their own version of the Wildcat, which grew in popularity around the NFL after the Miami Dolphins used it to score a 38-13 victory over the Patriots on Sept. 21.