The Patriots are hosting offensive tackle Andre Smith on a pre-draft visit today, according to the Birmingham News.
The Boston Globe has confirmed the report.
At one point, Smith was considered one of the top prospects in the draft. His stock has fallen since the combine in February, when he left early because he apparently felt he wasn't ready to work out.
At 6 feet 4 inches, 332 pounds, Smith played the last two seasons under Nick Saban at Alabama.
The Patriots have the 23d overall selection, and this could be a case where they are projecting that a player once thought to be out of their reach slides to them.