|Source: Patriots continue to check out draft possibilities, including Doug Hogue, Rich Lapham and John Gianninoto||04.21.11 at 12:42 am ET|
With the draft now a week away and the window for pre-draft visits completely closed, the Patriots continue to kick the tires on a variety of prospects through private workouts and interviews. Here are three updates on mid- to late-round players who are being checked out by New England:
The Patriots worked out linebacker Doug Hogue on the Syracuse campus on Wednesday, according to a source close to Hogue. Projected as a mid- to late-round selection, Hogue is a 6-foot-3, 234 pound linebacker who spent his first two years with the Orange as a running back before switching over to the defensive side of the ball. This past season, he was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, and ranked seventh in the conference with 7.4 tackles per game. For his college career, he ranks ninth on Syracuse’s career tackles for loss list with 26.5, which he accomplished in 25 games on defense.
In addition, the Patriots have expressed an interest in Boston College offensive lineman Rich Lapham, according to a league source. The 6-foot-8, 327-pound Lapham was the primary starter at right tackle the last three years for the Eagles before a knee injury brought his senior year to a premature end. The injury, which was to his left knee, prompted the New Hampshire native to go through the Medical Recheck in Indianapolis, but it now appears that the nephew of former Cincinnati offensive lineman Dave Lapham is just about fully cleared.
And a league source indicates the Patriots have expressed interest in John Gianninoto, an interior offensive lineman from UNLV. A 6-foot-4, 297-pounder, he’s had private workouts for Buffalo, Indianapolis, Miami and Atlanta. A non-combine invitee, he’s only one of a handful of offensive line prospects who has recorded a sub five-second time in the 40 (he was reportedly clocked at 4.98 at UNLV’s Pro Day). He also bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times, had a 32-inch vertical leap and a broad jump of 8-foot-11.
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