NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
It was another interesting day to be a Patriots fan in April today.
The Patriots took one no name, one big name and one… moderate name with their three late round picks following a trade down from the fifth round.
Overall, the Patriots wound up with five defensive players, one special teamer and one offensive player. Bill Belichick knew what positions he wanted to address: pass rush and secondary.
NATE EBNER, DB/ST, OHIO STATE, 196TH OVERALL
After a trade down from the fifth round, Ebner was the major wildcard pick in this draft. He was a college Rugby player who actually never played football in high school, but walked on at Ohio State to play defensive back and special teams.
Ebner had some impressive measureables at his pro day and projects as a special teamer in the NFL. Ebner is 6-0/202 and ran a 4.55 40, put up 23 reps on the bench, 39″ vertical, ran a 4.04 short shuttle and had an insane 6.59 3-cone.
ALFONZO DENNARD, CB, NEBRASKA 224TH OVERALL
Dennard was a great pickup for the Patriots. He’s a premier press corner who was projected as a first rounder early in this process. During his junior season, he looked better than Prince Amukamara often.
Dennard struggles with his speed and size and had a tough start to the Senior Bowl week before he left due to injuries. Dennard got arrested for punching a cop just a week ago, which obviously severely hurt his stock.
JEREMY EBERT, WR, NORTHWESTERN 235TH OVERALL
The Patriots picked up another slot receiver in Ebert late. Ebert showed off great athleticism at his pro day and showed off shifty skills on the field, which lead to great production in the Big 10.
Ebert gives the Patriots depth leading into training camp for Wes Welker, Julian Edelman and Anthony Gonzalez.
My best players available for UDFA: