New England Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears visited Georgia Tech's campus last week and spent time getting to know running back Zach Laskey, which included a private on-field workout. This is yet another example of the thoroughness of the scouting process and how the Patriots get their coaches involved at this point in the process, marrying up their reports with those of hard-working scouts.
The Patriots work out hundreds of prospects, which is important context.
At this point, the general idea is to gather as much information as possible on prospects and sometimes that information leads to genuine interest, while other times it does not. So from a media perspective, whenever there is credible information that the team is privately working out a player, it is used as a springboard to attempt to learn more about the prospect.
So who is Laskey?
A non-combine invitee, he played the "B-back" position in Georgia Tech's offense. He is 6-foot-2 1/4 and 225 pounds, has 10 1/8-inch hand size and posted a 35-inch vertical jump, 10-4 broad jump and was hand-timed between 4.50 and 4.58 in the 40 at Georgia Tech's pro day. He also had a 4.17 short shuttle and 6.94 time in the 3-cone drill, which is competitive with some of the top prospects in the draft.
One of Laskey's best performances last season came against Georgia, and one statistic of note was that in his first 150 carries of the season he only lost a total of 2 yards.
He is viewed by analysts as more of a later-round projection.