With their first pick on the 2011 NFL Draft’s third day, the Patriots have surprised the world again – selecting Marcus Cannon (OL, TCU). Cannon was recently diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma, but is expected to be near 100% by the start of the season.
Cannon was a consensus 2nd round pick before the medical issues. Selecting him in the 5th round provides an incredible possible reward with minimal risk.
Cannon can play multiple positions on the line, but we would expect him to be used at the guard position, which has been in flux due to Stephen Neal’s retirement and Logan Mankins’ contract situation.
At 6’5″ and 350+ pounds, Cannon is one of the bigger players that will ever grace a New England sideline. Cannon is a great run-blocker, but is slow at times to get into his sets and recognize blitzes and stunts – two of the reason we see him playing guard.
Cannon does show some good feet inside and is nimble enough to move around on pulls and screens. He can improve his balance out in space, as he tends to lunge at times.