The New England Patriots’ search for Vince Wilfork’s replacement continued Tuesday morning at Florida State’s pro day.
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and defensive line coach Brendan Daly were in Tallahassee, Fla., to watch the Seminoles’ prospects work out. Eddie Goldman is one of Florida State’s top prospects, and the 6-foot-4, 336-pound nose tackle will meet with the Patriots before the draft, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported.
Goldman, who didn’t work out at the NFL Scouting Combine last month because of an ankle injury, ran a 5.12-second 40-yard dash but completed just 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Former Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia also attended Florida State’s pro day. The Seminoles have four offensive linemen who are expected to be selected in next month’s draft. Cameron Erving, who played tackle and center at Florida State, could go in the first round. Guards Tre Jackson (second to third round) and Josue Matias (third to fourth round) and offensive tackle Bobby Hart (seventh round) also are expected to be selected.
The Patriots took Florida State center Bryan Stork in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft.
The Patriots also might have been checking out cornerbacks P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby, both of whom could be first-round picks. Quarterback Jameis Winston, tight end Nick O’Leary, defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., wide receiver Rashad Greene and running back Karlos Williams round out Florida State’s top prospects.
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