Patriots Insider has learned that the New England Patriots are one of three teams expected to have college scouts at the Stanford- California game this weekend to scout more talent for next year's NFL Draft. Scout.com insider Chris Steuber reports that the Browns and Seahawks will also have scouts in attendance.
Here is a list of the players they will look at:
OLB, Pat Maynor, Senior
OLB, Clinton Snyder, Junior
DE, Pannel Egboh, Senior
DT, Ekom Udofia, Junior
CB, Wopamo Osaisai, Senior
CB, Kris Evans, Junior
SS, Bo McNally, Junior
RB, Anthony Kimble, Senior
RB, Toby Gerhart, Junior
OT, Chris Marinelli, Junior
C, Alex Fletcher, Senior
|Pannel Egboh, a PAC-10 force to be reckoned with.|
Stanford counts among their greatest Draft successes, the legendary safety John Lynch (3rd, 2003), defensive back Darrien Gordon (1st, 1993), 15 year pro tackle Bob Whitfield (1st, 1992), 3-time Super Bowl winner wide receiver Ed McCaffrey (3rd, 1991) and current Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards (3rd, 2007).
Of the Draft eligible players available (seniors), only 6-foot-6, defensive end Pannel Egboh is currently ranked as a leading candidate (3 stars) by Scout.com. NFL Draft scout considers Egboh's stock to be falling, but still worthy of being considered in the top 10 at that position. Redshirt strong safety junior Bo McNally is among those worthy of consideration as is junior outside linebacker Clinton Snyder.
New England could use another linebacker, a corner, a defensive end and an offensive lineman in nixt year's Draft. Egboh could be a considered a possibility to add depth to the defensive line after seeing that Le Kevin Smith and Mike Wright haven't impressed the past few seasons when given the chance to step in .
MLB, Worrell Williams, Senior
OLB, Zack Follett, Senior
OLB, Anthony Felder, Senior
DE, Tyson Alualu, Junior
CB, Syd'Quan Thompson, Junior
QB, Nate Longshore, Senior
TE, Cameron Morrah, Junior
C, Alex Mack, Senior
Cal has three top prospects to keep an eye on including 6-foot-5, 300-pound center Alex Mack who is widely considered one of the best interior linemen in the college ranks. He was a Rimington Trophy finalist and a Morris Trophy winner (best OL in the PAC-10), reminding some of the potential offensive tackle Ryan O'Callaghan had coming out of Cal as the Morris Trophy winner. The Patriots selected O'Callaghan in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Outside linebacker Zack Follet and middle linebacker Worrell Williams are two more prospects drawing the attention of NFL scouts. The entire Cal linebacking corps has drawn praise from their position coach for their work ethic and graduating on time.
"I think they'll be remembered very well, because they've worked hard, they've done a lot for the program and they've helped continue building the foundation," position coach Kenwick Thompson told the San Francisco Chronicle. "They want to finish strong, and they know they're not done."
The three linebackers, including Anthony Felder, have the second best combined tackling statistics in school history compared to past trios at their position. Dominating defense is what they're becoming known for in 2008, and they hope to continue that in the future.
"We've played football the same way you're supposed to play the game of life, playing it as hard as we can and giving our all until the last play," Williams said according to the report. "As a whole, we've done a lot for this program. It's been a fantastic ride for us, and it's been absolutely beautiful."
New England addressed part of their need for linebackers when the team drafted three in 2008 (Jerod Mayo, Shawn Crable and Bo Ruud), only one of whom is still playing (Mayo). But depth could be a concern for next season, and age is certainly a consideration. Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi and Adalius Thomas will all be over 30 next season, and each has shown signs of their age dealing with injuries or decline in productivity.
Aside from the defenders, junior tight end Cameron Morrah has generated a bit of a buzz among scouts. Though he's still considered a high second day pick by a number of draft experts.
Cal has had significant success with their players moving on to the NFL. Some recent names to make a splash are: Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson (2nd, 2008), Bills running back Marshawn Lynch (1st, 2007), quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (1st, 2005) and Kyle Boller (1st, 2003), top rated cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (1st, 2003), current Patriot Deltha O'Neal (1st, 2000) and all pro tight end Tony Gonzales (1st, 1997).