A roundup of workout notes
|03.29.10 at 11:09 pm ET|
With the draft now less than a month away, here are a few assorted notes about workouts, prospects and which players may or may not be on New England’s radar screen:
WEEI.com has confirmed that Wake Forest cornerback Brandon Ghee recently held an individual workout with the Patriots. The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder was a three-year starter for the Demon Deacons who somehow only came away with a single interception in his collegiate career. The 22-year-old fancies himself as a big hitter (he compared himself to Ronnie Lott in this interview with The Sporting News), but managed to put up some eye-popping numbers at the combine and at his Pro Day which have drawn the attention of multiple teams. At the combine, he posted a 40-yard time of 4.40 seconds and a vertical jump of 37 inches. At his Pro Day, he registered a 10-foot-2 broad jump and a 3.98 short shuttle time.
In addition, 23-year-old defensive tackle Cam Thomas of the University of North Carolina is scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots as one of their 30 official predraft visits, according to the National Football Post. Thomas is a 6-foot-4, 330-pounder who was a three-year starter with the Tar Heels, and finished the 2009 season with 23 tackles (2½ for a loss), three quarterback pressures and a blocked kick. At the combine, Thomas ran the 40-yard dash in 5.29 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times. He also posted a 29-inch vertical leap. Multiple pre-draft publications indicate that he projects as a nose tackle at the NFL level. This is one guy — and one position — really worth keeping an eye on when Draft Day rolls around. If New England goes after Thomas (or another collegian who can play the nose at the NFL level), it might indicate a level of dissatisfaction the Patriots have with younger defensive linemen like Ron Brace.
And finally, University of Tennessee defensive lineman Dan Williams will visit the Patriots this week. (The news was first reported by the National Football Post.) At the combine, the 6-foot-2, 327-pounder bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times. In addition, he also posted a 29-inch vertical leap and an 8-foot-6 broad jump. Considered by many to be one of the finest defensive linemen in the draft — multiple pre-draft publications list him as a first rounder — he registered 126 tackles, 25 for losses and seven sacks in his career with the Vols.
It’s important to remember that just because a team a team invites a player to their facility, it doesn’t mean he’s a lock to be taken by them when the draft rolls around. In each visit, the team can conduct interviews and a physical, but not work the player out. While the move can sometimes indicate genuine interest, occasionally, teams have been known to artificially hype a player in hopes of making other teams think they are interested.
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