Highly rated TE wants to play for Patriots

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram has heard enough rah-rah talk about the New England Patriots to know he wants to play for them.

"I know the Patriots like Florida athletes, so hopefully it will work out," Ingram said Friday at the NFL scouting combine in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Gators coach Urban Meyer, who is good friends with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, often invokes the Patriots' code when trying to motivate his players.

"Every time he gives us a prep talk before the game he lets us know this is the way the Patriots do it," Ingram said. "You got to be for real about the situation because they've won numerous championships. It's definitely not a bad team to copy."

Would the Patriots be interested in Ingram? They have the injury-prone Benjamin Watson, who has been disappointing for the 32nd overall draft choice in 2004.

Ingram is considered one of the best tight ends in the draft, maybe second only to Oklahoma State's Brandon Pettigrew but certainly among the top five. He's 6-foot-3 and 229 pounds, incredibly athletic if a bit undersized for the NFL.