Report: Patriots Hold Private Workout for Florida Defensive End Earl Okine

by NESN Staff

March 24, 2013

It’s no secret that the Patriots struggled on defense last season. They attempted to address their lagging secondary last offseason without much success, and they have taken steps this offseason to secure a solid defensive core by agreeing to a one-year deal with cornerback Aqib Talib, re-signing cornerback Marquice Cole and bringing in John Abraham and Dwight Freeney in for free-agent visits.

The Pats continued their search for top defensive players Sunday morning as they held a private workout for former Florida defensive end Earl Okine. Director of player personnel Nick Caserio and head coach Bill Belichick attended the workout.

At 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds, Okine was a four-year player at Florida who finished with 27 career tackles and one sack. Okine garnered the defensive MVP award in the 2013 Texas vs. Nation postseason all-star game after posting two sacks and returning a fumble for a touchdown.

At Florida’s pro day on March 16, Okine posted a 4.98 40-yard dash, a 33-inch vertical and 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Check out some of Okine’s career highlights in the video below.


Thumbnail photo via Facebook/Earl Okine

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