A once-a-day look at a draft prospect that either has been targeted for the Patriots in a mock draft, has had a private workout for New England or has made an official visit to Gillette Stadium. In the end, mocks are good for discussion and workouts and interviews could be a smokescreen or a sign of real interest, but these are players who make sense as being on the Pats’ radar for the upcoming draft.
Name: DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
Height, weight: 6-4, 267 pounds
Hometown: Muncie, Ind. (Muncie Central HS)
Senior year stats: 12 games (12 starts); 70 tackles (50 solo), 26 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries
Career stats: 48 games (35 starts); 210 tackles (134 solo), 57 tackles for loss, 33.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles [ties all-time FBS/D-I record], 2 fumble recoveries
Honors: First-team All-America by eight different groups; Big Ten defensive player of the year, Big Ten defensive lineman of the year, first-team All-Big Ten, Academic All-Big Ten
Combine: 40 dash – 4.71s; bench – 31 reps; vertical – 33.5 in.; broad jump – 10-2; 3-cone – 7.18s
Why he’s a fit for the Pats: Kerrigan is athletic – his Combine numbers were a surprise to many – and his college numbers show he certainly has a knack for getting into the backfield. While observers believe he lacks elite explosiveness, Kerrigan is smart, passionate about football and is a high-motor guy — all of which would come in handy leaning and adapting to the New England defensive system.