The New England Patriots went to a Cover-2 at the Florida State pro day Tuesday.
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, defensive line coach Brendan Daly, along with retired offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia – who’s serving an advisory role for the team through the 2015 NFL draft – were spotted at the workouts. And based on the depth of this year’s Seminoles class, there is good reason as to why.
Florida State carries roughly a dozen projected draft picks this year, with quarterback Jameis Winston the favorite to No. 1 overall on April 30. But beyond Winston, versatile tackle turned center Cameron Erving, nose Eddie Goldman, as well as cornerbacks P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby are all candidates to go in the first round.
Wide receiver Rashad Greene, guard Tre’ Jackson and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. are also seen as day-two selections. And behind them, running back Karlos Williams, tight end Nick O’Leary and blockers Josue Matias and Bobby Hart all could garner consideration towards the draft’s final rounds.
The Patriots had formal interviews with Jackson, O’Leary and Hart at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, in addition, reportedly has a visit scheduled with the organization this month.
But the area to monitor closest as it relates to New England is the offensive line. Scarnecchia is close friends with Florida State coach Rick Trickett, and the Patriots drafted former Seminoles center Bryan Stork in the fourth round last May.