NEPD Editor: James Christensen
After adding Dominique Easley on Day 1 and Jimmy Garoppolo on Day 2, the New England Patriots have drafted Bryan Stork (OL, Florida State) with the 105th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Read on for analysis.
Stork will come in as a rookie and compete with Ryan Wendell to be the starting center. At 6’4″ and 315 pounds, he is built for handling monster defensive lineman that he will see against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. He has a good anchor in pass protection and seems capable of handling stunts and twists inside.
He isn’t a great mover, his athleticism isn’t what is expected out of a typical offensive lineman. He is decent blocking in space, but doesn’t look fluid trying to get to the second level.
Stork didn’t get a chance to show off at the combine due to knee and shoulder issues. He nearly had a finger amputated in 2012. It is possible that Stork could get “redshirted” in 2014, but I think he’ll be ready to go by training camp.
Stork’s effort and leadership are beyond reproach. I’ve heard nothing but good things from scouts and a source within the Florida State strength and conditioning program. The media certainly didn’t overlook Stork’s contributions last year as Florida State dominated opponents.
Stork won the Rimington Trophy as the top center in the nation. And obviously, at FSU, led a National Championship offensive line.
— Erik Frenz (@ErikFrenz) May 10, 2014
Stork made 40 starts at Florida State and saw time at all three interior line positions.
Similarly to Nate Solder, Stork might not start the season as the No. 1 center or guard, but look for him to get every chance to start in 2015 and beyond.