FOXBOROUGH – After the Patriots shocked everyone by picking S Tavon Wilson in the second round, they went more conventional in the third round with Arkansas DE Jake Bequette.
Really like the pick. Bequette, at 6-foot-4-inches and 274 pounds, gives the Patriots another active type of player up front where they lacked the past couple of seasons.
Here are the defensive players the Patriots now have 6-4 or taller:
Markell Carter (248 pounds)
Brandon Deaderick (305)
Jonathan Fanene (292)
Dont’a Hightower (260)
Chandler Jones (265)
Trevor Scott (255)
He stood up at times at Arkansas so he would seem a natural for the DE/OLB hybrid Elephant position for the Patriots. Considering his experience and pro-ready body, it wouldn’t surprise if he contributes more before than 21st overall pick Chandler Jones – if they play the same position.
Doesn’t have great speed, but he’s a try-hard guy that chases after plays and has been productive. He had 10.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks and 5 forced fumbles as a senior. He was the Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP with two sacks and a forced fumble.
Here’s a look at a projected depth chart, in my opinion, on the front line after the first three rounds of the draft:
LDE: Fanene, Cunningham, Alex Silvestro
LDT: Deaderick, Kyle Love, Myron Pryor
NT: Vince Wilfork, Ron Brace, Marcus Harrison
RDE/Elephant: Scott, Bequette, Jones, Carter, Lavarias
Could even throw Hightower in there some place.
Basically, expect the Patriots to just roll the ball out and see who sinks or swims. The competition should be terrific on the defensive line with a lot more athletic bodies up there this season.