If the Patriots select an offensive lineman with one of their early draft picks, one name to keep on the radar is Louisville’s Eric Wood.
As noted by Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia carved time out of his schedule to scout Wood at Louisville’s Pro Day on March 26. Wood is primarily a center, but could also fit at guard.
At the very least, the presence of Scarnecchia at Louisville’s Pro Day indicates that the Patriots have not yet ruled out Wood, who is one of the more experienced interior linemen available in the draft, having started 49 games over his college career.
The Patriots are seemingly set at center with Dan Koppen, who is under contract through 2011. Starting guards Logan Mankins and Stephen Neal, however, have contracts that expire after the 2009 season.