St. Pierre's visit part of predraft planning

Free-agent quarterback Brian St. Pierre, who starred at St. John's Prep and Boston College, worked out for the Patriots last week at Gillette Stadium.

Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet initially reported on the workout, which has been confirmed.

It is my opinion that St. Pierre would be a great addition to the Patriots as a No. 3 option behind Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer, while also pushing Hoyer for the No. 2 spot. He is a heady quarterback who would almost be like another coach. Some might remember that the Cardinals entrusted him to call a trick play in the 2008 NFC championship game against the Eagles (see section No. 1 of Mike Sando's blog entry).

Yet whether the Patriots do bring St. Pierre aboard will be contingent on what happens in the draft.

That is true for most of the free agents the team brought in for workouts last week -- from tight ends to offensive linemen to quarterbacks -- and reflects one of the final parts of the team's predraft planning.

The Patriots were looking at several veteran options last week, which is commonplace the week before the draft. Understanding that marketplace can provide the team important context/information during the draft.

Using St. Pierre as an example, consider a scenario in which the Patriots were deciding on selecting an evenly-rated quarterback or tight end in the draft. If the Patriots felt good about a veteran free agent at one of those positions, it might lead them to draft the player at the other position.

That helps explain some of the veteran free-agent workouts at Gillette Stadium last week.