Retired New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is lending his hand to the team with pre-draft evaluations, and his latest stop is the University of Florida. Albert Breer of NFL Network, who is present at Florida's pro day Tuesday, noted Scarnecchia's presence.
When a Patriots scout or coach takes the time to get to know prospects better, and that information becomes public, that is often used as a springboard for us to do the same.
So who is Scarnecchia scouting?
OT D.J. Humphries (6-foot-5, 307) -- The left tackle is rated No. 4 at the position by ESPN and is viewed by many analysts as a first-round pick, although he was advised to stay in school because that high of a selection was initially viewed as unlikely. Having played in 29 games (19 starts), he is one of the younger prospects in the draft. Media analysts note his mean streak and solid work against top competition.
C/G Max Garcia (6-foot-4 1/8, 309) -- A three-year starter who has experience at tackle, guard and center, Garcia transferred to Florida from Maryland. He is considered a powerful player who drew the respect of his teammates to earn a place as a team captain. He is a projected mid-round pick.
OT Chaz Green (6-foot-4 5/8, 314) -- A team captain, he has experience at both tackle spots and might also be a consideration at guard. His hand size (10 7/8-inch) stands out, as he's viewed by media analysts as an intelligent blocker whose playing style might fit best in a zone-blocking scheme. He is a projected mid-round pick.
OT/G Trent Brown (6-foot-8 1/2, 355) -- From a traits perspective, the combination of Brown's size, arm length (36-inch) and hand size (10 7/8) is hard to match. A team willing to invest in those traits in hopes of harnessing something on the field might consider Brown in the later rounds of the draft.
G Tyler Moore (6-foot-5 1/2, 325) -- He has played both guard and right tackle, and enters the draft after his junior season. He transferred to Florida from Nebraska and is viewed by media analysts as a late-round consideration.