FOXBOROUGH — As anticipated, the New England Patriots selected an interior offensive lineman on the third day of the NFL draft.
Brian Stork, a center at Florida State, was the Patriots top draft choice of the fourth round, taken 105th overall. He’s 6-4, 315 pounds and started his career as a tight end.
In his pro day workout, Stork benched 225 pounds 21 times and ran his 3-cone drill in 7.90 seconds. He did not take part in the NFL combine because of knee and shoulder injuries. But he wone the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s best center for the national champion Seminoles.
According to CBS Sports’s scouting report, Stork is a “tenacious and technically-sound center whose awareness and reliability made him an underrated factor in Jameis Winston’s Heisman campaign. Very good initial quickness, whether snapping the ball out of shotgun or the traditional exchange and turning to seal off defenders or releasing to block downfield.”
Among his weaknesses, CBS Sports says he is a top-heavy player.
“Much thicker and stronger in his upper half than lower and struggles gaining movement at the point of attack as a result,” according to the scouting report.
Stork told the Detroit Free Press a week ago that “whatever team picks me up, whatever they need, I’ll do it and I’ll probably do it for cheaper than the last guy. And I’m just going to learn. If they need me to play right away, I will. If they don’t, they don’t, and I’ll take advantage of it like a redshirt year.”