The New England Patriots are keeping an eye on the offensive lines.
According to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider and Walter Football, New England was one of five teams with offensive line coaches on hand for South Carolina’s pro day Wednesday. And after being in attendance for Florida State’s pro day on Tuesday, one of whom was retired Patriots line coach Dante Scarnecchia, now serving an advisory role for the team through the 2015 NFL draft.
Two South Carolina prospects who could be of interest to Scarnecchia and the Patriots are guard A.J. Cann and tackle Corey Robinson.
The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Cann, projected as a first- or second-round pick later this month, started 51 games at left guard for the Gamecocks. Cann finished his college career as a two-time captain, a first-team All-SEC selection and a second-team All-American. He later benched 26 reps of 225 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
The 6-foot-7, 324-pound Robinson, seen predominantly as a late-round draft choice, started a total of 35 games at South Carolina. A redshirt senior with time spent between defensive line and left tackle, Robinson was named SEC Lineman of the Week following his performance against the Georgia Bulldogs in 2014. He was invited to Indianapolis for the combine, where he measured in with 35 5/8-inch arms and posted 28 reps on the bench press.