NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa
The New England Patriots selected defensive end Jake Bequette out of Arkansas with the 90th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Patriots acquired this pick as they traded their 62nd overall pick to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for the 90th and 163rd overall selections.
Bequette had a solid collegiate career with the Razorbacks as he recorded 23.5 sacks while being named captain twice.
When I first began my scouting and research process on Bequette, he immediately came off as a player that Bill Belichick would love—he has a great football IQ as well as being coachable.
Bequette might not have all the talent in the world, but he’s a grinder much like Rob Ninkovich. So he won’t make any flashy plays but he’ll always be in the right position— mistakes should be minimal.
The 6’5″ 265 pounder was projected to play defensive end in the 4-3 defense as well as being versatile enough to be a stand-up pass rusher in the 3-4.
The four year starter for Arkansas played in just three games this season with the Patriots and failed to record a single tackle while being listed as inactive for the remaining 13 games of the season.
It’s certainly had to assess Bequette’s performance in 2012, as we have such a small sample size—so I suppose the book is still open.
However, I will say that Bequette does have potential to be a solid role player for New England, but I certainly don’t see him evolving into an every-down player anytime soon.
2012 Stats: Three games played
Letter Grade: Incomplete