INDIANAPOLIS -- Quick hits from the third day of the NFL combine:
1. Welker has created a "slot" brand. It's like deja vu everytime an undersized quick receiver enters the media center. Inevitably, the prospect is asked about playing a Wes Welker style of game. The latest was Fresno State's Devon Wylie (5-9, 187). "I've heard it since my junior year when I really started standing out," Wylie said of comparisons to Welker. "It is a great compliment." Wylie is projected as a mid- to late-round pick and he's one of the faster players in the draft (4.33 in the 40), so that makes him a bit different from Welker. But he has some dynamic abilities in the return game, an area the Patriots must address this offseason.
2. NC State's Kuhn linked with Vollmer. When it comes to late-round defensive line prospects, Markus Kuhn of NC State has one of the more interesting backgrounds. Born in Germany, he came to the United States on a college tour when he was 20, saying he hoped to play football. While not the same path that Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer took, Kuhn is naturally aware of him. "He's an unbelievable story," said Kuhn, who hasn't met Vollmer. Kuhn said he measured at 6-foot-4 and weighed 299 pounds. One of the older prospects in the draft at 26, he is represnted by agent Neil Cornrich.
3. Wolfe to follow in Wright's footsteps? The Patriots received great return on their investment in defensive lineman Mike Wright after signing him as a rookie free agent out of Cincinnati in 2005. With Wright released by the Patriots on Wednesday, and the Patriots in need of developing interior pass rushers, perhaps they look to Cincinnati's Derek Wolfe, a projected mid-round pick. Wolfe said he's most comfortable playing 3-technique (outside shade on the guard), but he's willing to do it all. "Everything I've heard [about Wright] is good, how he's a hard worker and the type of guy you'd want to model your play after, his motor and everything," he said. As for his own play, Wolfe said he'd like to be seen as a relentless pass rusher.