Patriots Draft: Team Interviews Another OL

Planning for the future?

The Patriots concerns about the lack of depth on the offensive line have led them to continue interviewing Draft prospects around the country. With Matt Light still going through recovery and Dan Koppen in a similar situation, New England may need to use one of their draft picks in the early rounds on an offensive lineman for the second season in a row. They've recently interviewed a candidate who could step in and fill the void if need be.

PatriotsInsider.com has learned that the New England Patriots recently scheduled a private workout / interview with Oklahoma guard Davin Joseph.

Joseph is currently ranked as the No. 2 guard available in this year's draft by Scout.com, trailing only Georgia's Max Jean-Gilles and ahead of Pittsburgh's Charles Spencer whom the Patriots already met with. Joseph has also had a private workout with the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles.

In addition, the former Oklahoma standout is also being looked at both center and guard at the NFL level.

"While at the Senior Bowl I had the opportunity to take advantage of the professional coaching," he told Scout.com in a recent interview. "Most of the pro coaches are telling me I will be a guard at the next level. I am a competitor, I am a guard, but I am progressing to play center.

 

Joseph is gathering a lot of attention from teams interested in adding quality depth to their offensive line. Offensive line coaches from Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Cincinnati were at his Pro Day to spend time with the 6-foot-3, 311-pound lineman.

"I had private workouts with the Eagles; I did one with the Patriots, I did one with the Cowboys and I have one coming up with the Dolphins," Joseph told scout.com

"I have been getting a lot of attention from different teams that are coming here to work me out. It has allowed me to get more exposure. I really have opened up windows of opportunity."

Draft experts are predicting Joseph will hear his name called on the first day of the Draft, possibly in the first round. While New England would love to have the Oklahoma product as part of their roster, they have other needs to fill which may cause them to pass on him at 21 in the first round. If he's still available later he could be a valuable addition to a team in need of quality depth.

New England used Russ Hochstein to fill in for Dan Koppen due to Koppen's shoulder injury last year. When Koppen returns he is the projected starter, but the Patriots would like to add depth behind him.

At guard the Patriots have Logan Mankins, a first-round draft pick in 2005, on the left side with an opening on the right side. Stephen Neal the started every game at right guard in 2005, but he is a free agent and has been making the rounds visiting with Minnesota among others. His return is unknown, but still a possibility.



Scouting Report
Davin Joseph School: Oklahoma

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 311 40: 5.15 Year: 4Sr
Bio: Moved in with the first unit as a sophomore, then awarded All-Conference and All-Academic honors the past three years.

Pos: Self-motivated, small-area blocker who can be a devastating force. Moves defenders off the line or engulfs them at the point of attack. Outstanding position blocker, keeps his head on a swivel and displays great awareness. Strong in his upper body and jolt defenders with great hand punch.

Neg: Lacks overall quickness, adjustment and blocking range. Not light on his feet. Minimally effective when used at left tackle as a senior.

Analysis: A hard-working blocker with both size and athleticism, Joseph projects well to the next level. Offers potential in several blocking schemes and should break into the starting lineup by the end of his rookie season.

 

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