Patriots coach Bill Belichick is making the rounds at various college pro days and stopped off in Raleigh, N.C., for North Carolina State’s on Monday.
Belichick, accompanied by defensive line coach Brendan Daly, was impressed by defensive end Bradley Chubb, a potential top-10 draft pick who drew quite a crowd. After getting a little one-on-one coaching, Chubb approached Belichick to shake his hand.
“Honor to meet you, Coach Belichick,’’ Chubb said.
“We’re picking 31st. No chance,’’ Belichick replied with a grin.
Belichick probably wasn’t there to see Chubb, at least as far as the draft is concerned. But teams are always looking for information on other teams’ players, and that starts before those players are drafted.
The fact that Daly was there could mean the Patriots wanted multiple sets of eyes on other Wolfpack defensive linemen. B.J. Hill, Kentavius Street and Justin Jones are projected to come off the board on the second or third days of the draft, and could be on the Patriots’ radar.
Elsewhere, running back Nyheim Hines and offensive tackle Will Richardson could be of interest.