The New England Patriots currently don’t have a selection in the first two rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft, but they’re still showing interest in a top prospect.
The Patriots privately worked out Tennessee pass rusher Derek Barnett, a source told ProFootballTalk. Barnett is NFLDraftScout.com’s eighth-ranked prospect.
Barnett ran a 4.88-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and also posted a 9-feet, 9-inch broad jump, a 31-inch vertical leap, a 6.96-second three-cone and a 4.44-second short shuttle at 6-foot-3, 259 pounds.
Barnett recorded 52 sacks in three seasons with the Volunteers, including 13 in 2016 as a junior. He had 78 total pressures on 368 pass-rush snaps, according to Pro Football Focus’ Draft Edge.
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