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Bill Belichick among NFL dignitaries to attend Auburn's pro day

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Representatives from 31 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley, and position coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles -- were present for Auburn's pro day on Monday. The Arizona Cardinals were the only NFL team that didn't attend the event.

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A total of 14 prospects worked out indoors on Fieldturf, and there were eight prospects from Auburn at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Among those prospects working out at the pro day are a few that would fill key position areas of need for the Patriots. According to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein, the areas of need for New England are offensive tackle, cornerback, wide receiver and running back.

Wide receiver D'haquille "Duke" Williams -- 6-foot-2, 220 pounds -- ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-10 broad jump. He had a good positional workout, which was run by the Patriots' Caserio, who was on hand to work out the offensive skill players.

Linebacker Cassanova McKinzy -- 6-foot-1 3/8, 251 pounds -- ran the 40 in 4.85 and 4.79 seconds, and had a 4.73-second 20-yard short shuttle time and 7.44-second three-cone drill time. He ran despite having a bad hamstring. McKinzy also had a 9-foot-10 broad jump. He also put forth an impressive positional workout.

Linebacker Kris Frost -- 6-1 7/8, 242 -- ran the short shuttle in 4.52 seconds and had a three-cone time of 7.18 seconds. Frost did the 40 (4.97 seconds), vertical (29 inches) and broad jump (9-5) at the combine, but still hasn't done the bench press. Frost also had a good positional workout.

Cornerback Jonathan Jones -- 5-9 1/4, 179 -- is described as being very quick and fast. He posted a 4.33 40 time at the combine, so he stood on his numbers from Indy.

Offensive tackle Avery Young -- 6-4 7/8, 327 -- ran the 40 in 5.39 and 5.35 seconds. He had a 25-inch vertical and 8-foot-1 broad jump. Young did the short shuttle in 4.9 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.21 seconds. Young, who has 35-inch arms, did 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Young -- the younger brother of Willie Young, who has played six seasons in the NFL at outside linebacker -- had an impressive positional workout.

Offensive tackle Shon Coleman -- 6-6 1/4, 305 -- was unable to work out at the pro day because of a knee injury and will work out in April some time.

Running back Peyton Barber -- 5-10 1/4, 232 -- ran the 40 in 4.6 and 4.58 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-3 broad jump.

Wide receiver Ricardo Louis -- 6-1 5/8, 212 -- was unable to run (though, he was among the top performers at his position in the 40 at the combine). Louis had a 4.32-second short shuttle time and 6.96-second three-cone time. Louis also had a good positional workout.

An additional Auburn prospect has a chance to be a free-agent pickup following the events of the draft.

Cornerback Blake Countess -- 5-9 3/4, 184 -- ran the 40 in 4.5 and 4.48 seconds. He had a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.19 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.85 seconds. He also performed 21 reps on the bench press. He worked out well enough to get earn a camp look by an NFL team.

According to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein, the key areas of need for Belichick's Patriots are offensive tackle, cornerback, wide receiver and running back. The Patriots are without a first-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft due to the team's role in the deflated footballs scandal.

The representatives from the 31 NFL teams were fed well by Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q and left Auburn's pro day happy.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.

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