Late-Round Possibilities in 2013 (Offense)

Zach Line could offer the Patriots a rushing threat from the fullback position in 2013. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Much of this year’s 2013 NFL Draft analysis has focused on the draft’s early-round prospects; today, we’ll take a look at some of the late-round options New England may be considering on the offensive side of the ball. The Patriots hold two seventh-round picks (numbers 226 and 235), and will have additional opportunities to add players in undrafted free agency. Trading down in earlier rounds may also afford the club with extra late-round selections.

RB Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook (5’9”, 209, 4.54)

Maysonet is a superproductive small-school back who accelerates quickly, makes efficient cuts, and can gain a few yards after contact. He has a stout build with impressive musculature, providing evidence of his weight-room ethic. Typically, Maysonet was asked to run stretch plays, but he can gain yardage inside as well. If the Patriots want to bring in some competition in the running back corps, Maysonet could be available in the sixth or possibly seventh round.

FB Zach Line, Southern Methodist (6’1”, 232, 4.77)

Line is technically a fullback, but his role in Southern Methodist’s offense was primarily as a rushing option, where he is surprisingly explosive and smooth in his cuts, with a punishing running style. New England has tried to sign quite a few fullbacks geared towards running the ball in the past (Patrick Pass, Heath Evans, Eric Kettani) so a player like Line may appeal to New England, who cut fullback Spencer Larsen early in the free agency process.

WR Ace Sanders, South Carolina* (5’7”, 173, 4.58)

Sanders was considered a mid-round option early in the process, but did not test well, measuring in at just 5’7” and 173 pounds and running the 40-yard dash in a pedestrian 4.58 seconds. However, there is still a lot to like about Sanders’ game: he has excellent change-of-direction skills (6.81 in the cone), and functioned as a dangerous weapon in the slot and as a return specialist. New England is still light on personnel at wide receiver, so Sanders could make sense.

HB Kyler Reed, Nebraska (6’2”, 225, 4.47*)

Reed was underutilized at Nebraska, finishing the season with just 24 catches for 357 yards and two touchdowns, but has an impressive skillset, running the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at Nebraska’s Pro Day on March 7th. He also added a 41” vertical leap, a 4.00 short shuttle, and a 6.62 cone drill. He would make sense as a backup to Aaron Hernandez, capable of lining up in the backfield, as an inline player, or in the slot.

TE Jake Stoneburner, Ohio St. (6’3”, 252, 4.65)

Stoneburner caught just 16 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns last season, but has the type of frame which translates to the NFL; he measured in at 6’3” and 252 pounds, with a 4.65 time in the 40-yard dash and a 7.12 three-cone drill. Used primarily as a receiver with the Buckeyes, he played under Urban Meyer and is versatile enough to move around on the field. He could realistically project to either the “Y” spot or the “F” spot.

TE Michael Williams, Alabama (6’6”, 278, 5.19*)

Michael Williams clearly isn’t a receiving threat; his movement skills are severely lacking, and he averaged just 7.6 yards per reception over 24 catches in 2012. However, he does offer quality blocking as an inline player, capable of holding his own against defensive ends. New England got above-average play from Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui in 2012, but Williams could offer some salary-cap relief over a player like Fells.

OT Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas (6’5”, 298, 5.07)

Hawkinson isn’t a very powerful player – he recorded just 13 repetitions on the bench at Kansas’ pro day – but he was selected to the 2012 All-Big 12 Second Team by conference coaches and media. The selection concluded a career in which he made 48 straight starts for the Jayhawks, this season’s output coming as a left tackle in Charlie Weis’ offensive scheme. He could challenge a player such as Will Svitek for a spot on the roster.

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, New England Patriots, NFL

8 Responses to “Late-Round Possibilities in 2013 (Offense)”

  1. J H TARBORO says:

    With the sheer depth of this years draft, some are going to get it right or very wrong i believe because of the depth they’re going to be a great number of rookie undrafted players. Bold Prediction! (the Patriots find a major player after the draft)
    The super combine in Dallas is soon.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Here are 3 guys that should be at least seen by the Patriots.
      LB/FB Jordan Campbell 5’11″ 240lbs. New Mexico highlands (D2) 40yd. 4.56 vert 36.5″ bench 225 ( 39) reps 2013 NFL Draft prospect.
      WR/CB Michael Ray Garvin (NFL regional combine Tampa) FSU 05-09 40yd. 4.32 on grass vert. 37.5″ goes by (worlds most jacked athlete ) played with the Cardinals in 09′ and injured his knee in the very first preseason game that year.
      WR Devon Gray Tarleton State (NFL regional combine )
      3 impressive athletes off the radar, go to youtube to see these guys and more.

  2. J H TARBORO says:

    Here are some late round possibilities (WR Jasper Collins 6’0 190 Mount Union
    FB Tommy Bohanon 6’1″ 246lbs. Wake Forest
    FB/TE/H Back Kyle Juszczyk 6’3 245lbs. Harvard
    DT T.j Barnes 6’6″ 369lbs. Georgia Tech. (dt34,dt43)
    SS Rontez Miles 5’11 203lbs. California (PA)
    RB Onterio McCalebb 5′ 10 170lbs. Auburn (4.21 40yd. fastest at the combine)
    WR Uzoma Nwachukwu Texas A&M (plays on opposite side of Ryan Swoops)

    • J H TARBORO says:

      OT Luke Marquardt 6’8″ 320lbs Azusa Pacific has ties to NE, he is coached by Jackie Slater Hall of fame father of the Patriots WR/ST Matthew Slater.

  3. Stephen S says:

    Is this the next possible gem Dan Hope tweeted that DE Earl Okine had a private workout with BB and Nick Caserio present this morning. This is what I came across Earl was voted defensive MVP at the Texas vs Nation game he is 6’6.4 284-290 ran 6.99 3 cone
    Here is a link with his 2012 Highlights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkAjVhrkxHE
    In a interview he had http://www.newerascouting.com/2013/02/12/2013-draft-interview-florida-de-earl-okine/
    he said his back wasnt 100% in 2012 that is now fully healed
    Strengths said was quickness of snap/athletisism
    Areas to improve on to have more of a pass rushing arsenal
    Players he models himself after Carlos Dunlap(former teamate) and 49ners DE Justin Smith

  4. Hunter says:

    209lb Fullback? Is this a misprint?






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