Draft Buzz: Guys Still On The Radar

A look at the last couple of rounds in the Draft show that teams have plenty of options with the final few picks, or free agency. Even if these guys go Undrafted, they're going to be invited to camps.

LB Derek Nicholson, Florida State - worked out for New England, and could be considered one of FSU's better defenders. At 6-feet, 235-pounds, Nicholson might be undersized, but Larry Izzo wasn't exactly a big player. Nicholson led the Seminoles in tackles (81) last year. The Patriots flew Tallahasee to work Nicholson out. The LB also had visits with Carolina, Tampa and Kansas City.

CB Tony Carter, Florida State - The Patriots secondary coach flew down to Florida to work out prospects, and one his stops was in Seminole country. Carter went to Jacksonville, Houston and Pittsburgh as part of his pre draft interest. Expect him to come off the board by the end of the day.

DT Chris Baker, Hampton - The big body has plenty of company with fellow Connecticut defender Terrance Knighton (See our Draft Interview). But issues at Penn State caused him to transfer to the small school. Considered one of Penn State's better players while there, it's unlikely Baker will last when teams looking for a 6-2, 323-pound are on the clock. Baker worked out with Knighton for the Patriots last week.

CB Brandon Underwood, Cincinnati - Patriots Insider confirmed that Underwood worked out for New England in late March. He was one of Connor Barwin's teammates, and the Patriots love Barwin. DeAngelo Smith and Mike Mickens are two others watch, though Mickens is expected to be long gone by the end of the Draft.

S Michael Hamlin and DT Dorrell Scott, Clemson - both players worked out for New England. They're expected to go in the middle of the Draft, but both are still currently on the board. They are too talented to slip further and New England still needs help at both positions.

CB Ellis Lankster, West Virginia - New England hosted Lankster on a visit a league source confirmed to Patriots Insider. One of the the cornerbacks the Patriots are supposedly interest in.

DE JD Skolnitsky, James Madison - Skolnitsky told us he worked out for the Patriots. As one of the top players on an underrated JMU roster, Skolnitsky will certainly generate a buzz among those who talked to him.

CB Evan McCullough, James Madison - Internet reports indicated that the Patriots worked out the talented corner from JMU. Though the agent didn't immediately respond to our calls, one source tells us it's accurate, New England was showing interest.

OL Dan Gay, Baylor - He showed up on the radar during the all star game (East West) and has been lurking in Jason Smith's shadow ever since. The other player on Baylor's line measures in at 6-foot-4, 310-pounds and can hold his own on the line. Look for Gay to be an undrafted free agent. A fate opposite that of Smith, a first round pick.

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