NFL DRAFT

Six for the 2019 Draft: Special teamers – Early, middle and late prospects that fit what the Patriots are looking for

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As we count down to the 2019 NFL draft, we’ll take the measure of the Patriots by position and offer up six prospects at each spot on the field that should be available early (first round), middle (second day) and late (third day). Let's take a look at the special teamers.

Previous positions

Corners
Receivers
Edge
Quarterbacks
Tight ends
Running backs
Offensive tackles
Linebackers

THE SKINNY

The Patriots started the offseason with a great deal of uncertainty on special teams — Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen and Cordarrelle Patterson were free agents, and it wasn’t known if Matthew Slater was going to return for 2019. Turns out Gostkowski, Allen and Slater have all re-upped for at least one more season. At the same time, the Patriots are (again) looking for a kick returner. And while Braxton Berrios might be able to challenge as a punt return candidate, another layer of depth there is always a good thing. With the understanding that we’ve profiled some of these guys before as receiver possibilities, let’s dig into their special teams potential with the Patriots.

POSSIBLE EARLY TARGETS

Parris Campbell, Ohio State