BOSTON (WEEI) -- West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has been connected to the New England Patriots multiple times this offseason -- and perhaps for good reason.
According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, the Patriots have shown a ton of interest in Grier and could select him in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night with the No. 32 overall pick. Other teams who are interested in Grier include the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers.
Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio attended West Virginia's pro day and the Patriots hosted Grier on a top-30 visit.
Last fall, Grier threw for 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns. In his two seasons as a starter at West Virginia, he threw for 71 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
At the combine, Grier spoke of how the West Virginia offense incorporated a number of elements of the Patriots offense from watching film.
The Patriots have been connected to a couple of top quarterbacks. Tom Brady turns 42 in August, and there is no clear successor on the roster.
By Ryan Hannable