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Raymond to get 2nd look from Pats

As part of their extensive draft preparations, the Patriots are scheduled to hold a private workout with defensive back Mistral Raymond within the next week, the Bradenton Herald reports.

An excerpt from Alan Dell's article:

The Patriots will visit Tampa to work out Raymond at the end of the month. He has visits scheduled April 5 and 6 in Minnesota and April 7 and 8 in Chicago.

“Those teams just reached out for me,” Raymond said. “Today after the workouts I spoke with representatives from numerous teams. The Jets gave me a personality test and I talked to the Colts, the Falcons, the Titans and the Bengals. I might get some other private workouts. We will see."

By the time the draft arrives, the Patriots will hold private workouts, or will have met personally, with anywhere from 100-200 prospects. That highlights how detailed they are in the scouting process, and how a private workout is more a reflection of the extensive information-gathering process than an indication that the team will draft the player.

Raymond was not invited to the Combine and projects as a later-round pick. At 6-foot-2 and 192 pounds, he is a taller cornerback.

“It is the position I love the most, but I will play anywhere to help a team,” Raymond told the Bradenton Herald. “The three teams I have private workouts scheduled with are all talking about me playing corner. They all play relatively the same defense using Cover 2 schemes, which is an ideal system for me with my size and length.”

South Florida held its Pro Day on Thursday and Patriots coach Bill Belichick was among those in attendance. South Florida's top prospect is defensive lineman Terrell McClain, and the Patriots are also scheduled to work him out within the next week, the Tampa Tribune reports.