Report: Patriots meet with prospects at Senior Bowl on Wednesday

Most of the New England Patriots organization is preparing for Super Bowl LI between them and the Atlanta Falcons, but there is also an NFL Draft that is right around the corner. 

And scouting needs to be done. 

This weekend some of college football's best will be taking the field during the Reese's Senior Bowl down in Mobile, Alabama. Practice began on Tuesday and on Wednesday the Patriots met with some of the prospects they have their eye on. 

According to, New England had formal interviews with Michigan defensive end Chris Wormley and Illinois outside linebacker Carroll Phillips.  

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Wormley ranks as the fifth best defensive end according to and is projected to go in the first or second round. The 6-foot-5, 303 pounder had 40 tackles with nine for a loss and six sacks last season. 

Phillips, meanwhile, is pegged as the eighth best outside linebacker in the draft and his projected draft range goes from the second round to the fourth. He is billed as super athletic and a naturally gifted pass rusher.

In 2016, he recorded 56 tackles, nine sacks and one forced fumble. 

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