The recent Virginia - Georgia Tech game drew a large crowd of NFL scouts Patriots Insider has confirmed. New England scouts were on hand to check out some of the top rated prospects on both teams. In addition to the Patriots, scouts from seven other clubs, including those from other 3-4 defensive systems ( Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns ) were attending.
One of the top prospects plays defense for Georgia Tech.
Here is a list of the players they will look at:
FS, Dominique Reese, Redshirt Sophomore
The Patriots could use an influx of talent from Belichick pal and fellow coach Al Groh at Virginia. New England has worked a number of Virginia players into the mix during training camp although not all make it to the final roster. Recent names include TE Jonathan Stupar, OL Brian Barthelmes, TE Chris Luzar and WR Michael McGrew.
One player the Patriots could show serious interest in is OT Eugene Monroe, a 5 star rated offensive lineman by Scout.com. Monroe is currently ranked as one of only 4 offensive tackles with a first round grade. With the trouble the patriots have had keeping a healthy body at tackle, it could very well be time for an addition to the mix. Right tackle Nick Kaczur has shared playing time with Mark LeVoir (a 2008 free agent pickup) and Wesley Britt (former practice squad player). With injury concerns for Matt Light testing the depth on the line during the preseason, look for New England to bring in at least one tackle next year after Drafting two in 2007 (Clint Oldenberg and Corey Hilliard) who didn't work out.
OLB Clinton Sintim is also worth watching. New Englnad has some expensive talent at OLB currently with Adalius Thomas and Mike Vrabel. Backup Pierre Woods has managed to grab hold of the primary backup role due to his extreme dedication to self-improvement. OLB Shawn Crable was selected by the Patriots in the 2008 Draft, but the team could still consider adding yet more depth at the position. If Sintim can show position flexibility by possibly playing on the inside, it may be time to fortify a position where Tedy Bruschi has seen his role diminish this season, and backup Eric Alexander has had trouble staying healthy.
DE Michael Johnson is considered a top tier talent for Georgia Tech. The Patriots have scouted defensive ends in previous drafts, even in this year's Draft class. The team could use another body to work into the mix, and at 6-foot-7, 260, Johnson has the size to fit into the system.
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