Teams only get to bring 30 draft prospects to their facilities for one-on-one interviews. The Patriots, apparently, are using two of those visits on quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater.
Johnny Football, the Texas A&M quarterback, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, and Bridgewater, the former Louisville star, will be in town Wednesday, according to the NFL Network and other reports. The visits are probably more like fact-finding missions for the Patriots, who are set at QB with Tom Brady, while the visit gives Manziel and Bridgewater an opportunity to meet with a legendary coach in Bill Belichick.
Manziel and Bridgewater are likely to be long gone before the Patriots pick at No. 29, and it’s highly unlikely the team would trade up to draft either of them. Manziel may go No. 1 overall to the Texans or could go later in the first round to a QB-needy team such as the Jaguars, Raiders, Browns, or Vikings. Bridgewater, too, is expected to go in the first round.
Belichick is no stranger to celebrity quarterbacks in the pre-draft process — he was spotted dining with Tim Tebow at a trendy North End spot before the 2010 draft.Ben Volin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @BenVolin