NEPD Editor: James Christensen
The Patriots have had incredible success with their 7th round selections over the last decade. Julian Edelman, Matt Cassel, Alfonzo Dennard, Brandon Deaderick, Tully Banta-Cain, David Givens and Patrick Pass have all contributed in tangible ways.
What hidden value is out there this year?
I’ll name a few prospects that I’d like the Patriots to take a look at, but this exercise is mainly for you. Show us all the hidden talent hiding out in your neck of the woods.
Sean Renfree (QB, Duke)
Renfree is a quarterback that can be developed and flipped for a higher pick in a couple of years. He has good pocket presence, makes decisive reads and has enough power and accuracy in his arm to be an NFL quarterback. Shoulder surgery is the main thing pushing him down into the seventh round.
Keenan Davis (WR, Iowa)
The Iowa Hawkeye offense was abysmal this year and Davis’ game suffered greatly. He has some good physical tools and would be an interesting stash for a team’s practice squad. Given a year or two of seasoning, I think he can be a solid #4 receiver in the NFL.
Nik Embernate (OG, San Diego State)
As we mentioned in December, Embernate had his way with one of the top prospects in this draft – BYU defensive Ezekiel Ansah. At 6’4″ and 305, he projects as a left guard for the Patriots – a developmental guy ready for Scarnecchia University.
Your turn: Who are the 7th round steals that the Patriots should be looking at this year?