TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 06: John Machi III #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide pulls into this touchdown reception against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 06, 2021 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Are the Patriots about to become the latest team to reunite a successful collegiate quarterback-receiver duo? Their latest top-30 iteration shows they can at least consider it.
on monday afternoon, NFL Insider Jordan Schultz reported that the Patriots are one of three teams to host Alabama wide receivers John Mechi on Tuesday. He said Mechi met with the Bills on Monday and would then visit the Jaguars on Thursday.
This will be the second time the Patriots will meet Mechi during the pre-draft process. He also spoke with him at the NFL Combine.
A former four-star recruit in the class of 2019, Meichi took on a high-volume role in 2020 as a sophomore. With the now-Patriots quarterback under center, Mechi caught 55 passes for 916 yards and six touchdowns while playing with Heisman winner Devonta Smith. , Last season, Mechi took 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight scores.
Mechi was on pace to be a potential first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but tore his ACL in the SEC Championship Game in December. This can leave some teams exhausted by such a major injury, and the fact that he may not be fully prepared to compete in time for training camp. This has caused the Mechi stock to drop for 2 days.
However, Mechi has reportedly made great progress in his rehab. Often, teams use top-30 trips to take a closer look at players who are injured or coming back from a major injury. Maybe the Patriots are taking him to Foxborough to get a better idea of his progress before deciding where to put him on the draft board.
Stylistically, Mechi would be an excellent fit in New England. He is a well-rounded receiver who can play both outside and in the slot, and is an incredibly easy route runner.
In all, the Patriots have had a record pre-draft contact with 32 players in this year’s class. Here’s a look at all the people we know he’s talked to…
2022 Patriots Pre-Draft Meeting Tracker
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