According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, the New England Patriots were one of six teams that went to a private workout for North Carolina Central cornerback Ryan Smith.
The 5-foot-11, 189-pound corner is expected to be a fourth rounder and has also been in contact with the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers along with the Patriots, per Wilson.
While North Carolina Central is not necessarily pumping out NFL-ready talent, the Patriots are known for drafting the player, not the school. In 45 games with the Eagles (42 starts), Smith set program records with 168 tackles and a 28.1-yard average on kick returns. The Pats love versatility, so a defensive player than can also play special teams is huge for a rookie trying to fit in with New England.
At the NFL Combine, Smith clocked a 4.47-second 40-yard dash, a 6.88 three-cone drill, a 36-inch vertical leap, 122-inch broad jump and 18 bench reps of 225 pounds in Indianapolis.
Seems kind of fast...
This is not necessarily an area of need for the Patriots, but a third cornerback could prove to be very valuable.