Patriots reportedly host two local prospects for pre-draft visits
Providence, RI, September 18, 2021 – Brown QB EJ Perry throws to a Bear receiver during a 2nd quarter game. The Brown Bears and the URI Rams face off in the annual Governor’s Cup game at Brown Stadium on Saturday afternoon. (The Providence Journal/Kris Craig)
The Patriots’ pre-draft meeting process takes a local turn on Wednesday. According to Jordan Schultz, NFL reporterthe team will meet a pair of New England Schools players.
One of those meetings will be with quarterback Brown and a native of Andover, Mass. EJ Perry. Perry transferred to Brown from Boston College after the 2018 season and was named an All-Ivy League First Team in 2019 and 2021 (Ivy League did not play football in 2021). He was also the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year last season.
Perry is a dual threat quarterback. In 2021, he completed 66.4% of his 444 passing attempts for 3,033 yards with 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, while rushing for 402 yards at 3.6 yards per carry with seven other scores.
Since going to the East-West Shrine Bowl and winning the game’s Offensive MVP award, Perry’s stock has only gone up. It continued at the NFL Combine where he ran a 4.65 40, second fastest among quarterbacks behind Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder.
Given Perry’s skill and willingness on engineered runs, as well as some of his shortcomings as a passer, some are casting Perry into a Taysom Hill-type role in the NFL. He could take a limited number of snaps at quarterback, while contributing as a talent player and on special teams. He’s definitely tall enough to be a factor in that, at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds.
Would the Patriots be interested in such a player? Ahead of the team’s 2021 meeting with the Falcons, Bill Belichick praised then-rookie Felipe Franks, who was a quarterback in college but played a similar role for Atlanta.
“If you look at a guy like [Felipe] Franks who looks like [Taysom] Hill of New Orleans, plays quarterback, but he also plays tight end and he also plays in the kicking game. He’s out there banging heads with the linebackers, running backs and all the other special teams people,” Belichick said at the time. “Is he a tight end? Is he a quarterback? Again, he’s in the field, it sort of goes back to the conversation about Hill. He’s on the field, but you really don’t know where he’ll line up [up]. It makes it hard to call defenses if you know he’s in the backfield or behind a center or where he is. These kinds of things cause problems.
Could Perry be the one to create this kind of trouble on behalf of the Patriots? If the team wants to add him, he’ll probably need a pick at the end of Day 3.
Perry isn’t the only dual-threat quarterback the Patriots have encountered during the pre-draft process. Miami QB D’Eriq King also worked for the team earlier this month.
The Patriots’ other meeting on the books is with Perry’s former Boston College teammate, offensive lineman Tyler Vrabel. Vrabel is the son of former Patriots linebacker and current Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel.
Tyler was a three-year starter for the Eagles, playing 34 games with experience at left and right tackle. In all three seasons, he received an All-ACC honorable mention.
Vrabel has the athleticism to be a swing tackle in the NFL, but there are concerns about his frame on the outside. He can end up playing guard to the next level. It is currently screened as a priority at the UDFA.
With Perry and Vrabel added to the roster, the Patriots currently have 37 pre-draft meetings on the books. Here’s a look at all the players they’ve reportedly spoken to…
Tracking meetings before the Patriots 2022 draft
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