Re: Justin Francis
posted at 1/2/2013 11:54 AM EST
In response to dapats1281's comment:
In response to Paul_K's comment:
BB is looking for certain qualities in players. Among these qualities are a nonstop motor, agression is nice, skills, gorilla arms (good length) if possible, a good record when the guy is healthy, a guy that was ignored in the draft because he came from a small school, a guy that was cut or undervalued because he wasn't healthy at the time, but he's healthy right now.
The Patriots have the best (perhaps the only) independent scouting organization in the NFL. They go down to small schools like Rutgers and find these guys.
Rutgers isn't a small school. It is the state school of New Jersey and has over 40,000 undergrad students.
They have a fair amount of NFL players, most notable probably Ray Rice, Anthony Davis (top 15 pick), Jason McCourty, and our very own Devin McCourty.
Also, Greg Schiano coached Rutgers and made them a fairly high profile division 1 football team.
Don't know where you got the impression that Rutgers is a small school
It's not an instant recognizable name among the top end football college ranks. You could say the same for BC regarding OLmen (seriously for a long time they were an OL factory) but you would still have considered BC a small school in comparison to Ohio, UCLA, USC, Ala, ND, etc. However, they are a Div 1 school so I see your point