Draft Buzz: Patriots Serious About Linebacker

Scout.com's Ed Thompson has been tirelessly tracking dozens of Draft prospects for months. His efforts have continued to reveal trends by teams around the league. Though there may be more visits which go unreported, Ed brings you the very latest on 10 more prospects just hours before their names are called on Draft weekend.

Patriots Insider has also confirmed that Jermichael Finley visited the Patriots as one of his teams. Dustin Keller received some interest at the pro day, though no official contact is listed in Ed's report. The Patriots also attended Fred Davis' pro day.

Here's the latest from Ed:

Purdue tight end Dustin Keller told Scout.com this week that he had official team visits with the Eagles, Saints, Bills, Dolphins and Jets. Texas tight end Jermichael Finley was also touring the facility and meeting the coaches during Keller's Philadelphia visit. And USC tight end Fred Davis was in New Orleans visiting at the same time as Keller.

During his school's pro day, the 6-foot-2, 242-pound Keller was the only player working out at his position. As a result, Bengals tight end coach Jonathan Hayes spent lots of time putting him through his paces, giving him plenty of time to evaluate him from all aspects of the position. Keller stated that he had 16 formal interviews at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, including meetings with the Colts and the Rams.

Virginia Tech defensive tackle Carlton Powell has been drawing increased interest over the past few weeks. He's been hearing from the Dolphins, Bengals, Broncos, Buccaneers, Falcons, Rams, Saints, Titans, Ravens, Jaguars, Vikings and Chargers as he gets ready for draft weekend. Known as a big man who can really clog-up the running lanes up the middle, Powell met with the 49ers, Panthers, Colts, Dolphins and Vikings at the Combine. Miami is clearly intrigued, as their defensive line coach had dinner with the Virginia Tech lineman the night before his school's pro day.

South Florida's Ben Moffit drew plenty of attention from Jacksonville during his pro day workout. He told Scout.com that he had previously talked with the Jaguars at the Senior Bowl, along with other teams that included the Panthers and the Dolphins. Most recently, the Buccaneers, Eagles, Lions, Cardinals, Patriots, Jets, Redskins and Falcons have joined the Jaguars in showing interest in the 6-foot-1, 234-pound middle linebacker, who also has playing experience as a strongside linebacker.

Boston College linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar celebrates after a win.
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Boston College middle linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar told Scout.com that he broke down film with the Panthers and met with the Packers prior to the start of his school's pro day. During the workouts, he also talked with the Chiefs and the Giants. The heart-and-soul of B.C.'s stout defense, Dunbar has also been drawing strong interest from the Colts, Lions, Patriots, Bengals, Eagles, Browns, Broncos and Texans.

New Mexico wide receiver Marcus Smith told Scout.com that he spent some time chatting with the Chiefs during his pro day, and they are among the teams who have been showing the strongest level of interest in him in recent weeks. But the Patriots, Buccaneers, Browns, Raiders and Packers have also been in touch and could be in the mix this weekend. During the Scouting Combine, the Raiders, Redskins, Bengals and Dolphins were among a number of teams he met with for a formal interview.

During his pro day workout, Louisville LB Lamar Myles spent some time talking with representatives from the Saints, Jaguars, Colts, Chiefs and Ravens. A deadly tackler who has experience at both inside and outside linebacker spots, Myles headed to Minnesota in early April for a visit with the Vikings. Scout.com has learned that the Buccaneers, Falcons, Jets and Jaguars have made recent inquiries, and the Colts appear to be among the frontrunners for his services. At 6-foot tall, 220-pounds, Myles is the prototypical size for a linebacker in Indianapolis' Cover 2 defense, and he has the speed that is readily evident in many of their other young linebackers.

A pair of teams who have clearly noticed Western Michigan offensive lineman James Blair are the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants. A league source has told Scout.com that both teams have shown strong interest in the versatile, 6-foot-3, 323-pound lineman. Although he spent the last two seasons starting at right tackle, Blair is projected by some scouts to be more suited for the guard position at the next level.

North Carolina State wide receiver Darrell Blackman has been hearing from the Eagles, Giants, Chiefs, Saints, Cardinals, Vikings, Cowboys and Browns as the draft has drawn closer. The speedy receiver told Scout.com that he had talked with representatives from the Eagles and the Giants during his pro day, and then spent some time with New Orleans after the conclusion of the day's activities. The Giants spent some time with Blackman that day testing his punt-catching skills. He returned a pair of punts and a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns in his role as a returns specialist for the Wolfpack.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Ed Thompson's player interviews and NFL features are published across the Scout.com network and at FOXSports.com. You can contact him by email through this link.

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