Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf once made the point that it's good business to draft a quarterback each season and attempt to develop him.
Because quarterback is the most important position on the field, teams that consistently produce them either benefit on the field or in the form of a trade (e.g. Matt Hasselbeck traded from the Packers to Seahawks).
The Patriots drafted San Diego State's Kevin O'Connell in the third round last year, but that doesn't mean they are overlooking the position in 2009. As Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes, the Patriots recently traveled to Sam Houston State to privately work out quarterback Rhett Bomar.
"Who knows how interested they are?" Bomar told Williams. "Itís good they sent their quarterbacks coaches to work me out. Brady would be a great person to learn from, and a great situation to be in."
Private workouts are one aspect of a much larger scouting process. In this case, the Patriots likely felt that they needed more information on Bomar before putting a final grade on him.