Analysis of 5th round pick (A): TCU OL Marcus Cannon

Another pick, another one with some – but decreasing by the round – risk.

The Patriots took TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who according to reports has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that will require chemotherapy through the end of June. The mass is in the groin area.

Without the medicals, Cannon was viewed as a second-round talent so this is another low-risk, high-reward pick to go along with Ryan Mallett. Ras-I Dowling (injury history) is riskier being the 33rd pick.

This follows the pattern of many of the Patriots to this point in that they are covering themselves for free agency. Cannon covers Quinn Ojinnaka, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Other tidbits:

  • Cannon is massive – 6-5 ½, 358 pounds and runs 5.30 (a match race with Mallett is demanded) – but he’s viewed by most scouts as a guard. Obviously he could play tackle so that versatility could make him very attractive to the 45-man gameday roster.
  • Played left tackle in college but projects to the right side or inside in the pros.
  • Had a 28 on the Wonderlic which means all the Patriots’ picks (Stevan Ridley’s is not known) have scored over 20. League average is 19.
  • Biggest knock is that he’s a very nice guy and sometimes plays like it. Scouts questioned if he’s too nice and whether or not he’s tough enough – though going through cancer treatments should make that moot.

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