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McShay: Belichick checking out Gators

3/18/2010

On a national conference call today, Todd McShay of ESPN's Scouts Inc. said that Patriots coach Bill Belichick and other team staffers were at the University of Florida today working out a handful of Gators prospects.

It is unclear whether quarterback Tim Tebow was among those that were worked out, but earlier today the Sporting News reported the Patriots were one of five teams that would work Tebow out privately in the coming weeks.

McShay was answering a question from the Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport about the value the Patriots might receive in the second round at tight end, and one of the players he mentioned was Florida's Aaron Hernandez.

"I know Belichick and some of those guys are working [Hernandez] out today down in Florida,” McShay said. "They always do the day after the pro day."

Tebow and other Gators draft prospects had their pro day in Gainsville on Wednesday.

McShay said he thought the Patriots could get good value in the second round at the tight end and wide receiver positions and said he thought the Patriots might take a pass rusher with their first-round pick.