NEPD Editor: James Christensen
The New England Patriots have already added five players to their roster for 2014. With the 179th pick, Bill Belichick selected another Florida Gator, offensive guard Jon Halapio.
The New England Patriots continue to add talented youth and depth to their offensive line, which could spell doom for pricey incumbents like Dan Connolly.
Halapio started 43 games at Florida, seeing time mainly at right guard. At 6’3″ and 323 pounds, Halapio is a force on the interior. He has a nice anchor and can root out defensive linemen with his strength. He is incredibly tough and should fit in well with fellow draft pick Bryan Stork.
If Halapio has to move too far off his spot, his technique and ability start to break down. His athleticism is sub-par and he can look a bit awkward when trying to block in space. Here is more on Halapio from DetroitLionsDraft.com scout Jeff Risdon:
What Jon Halapio does well, he does extremely well. His initial punch and ability to drive power from his base through his shoulders and hands is truly a treat to behold. Anyone who can physically lift 350-pound Dan McCullers off the earth has immense strength. He is a mauling run blocker at the line, able to seal open holes and collapse defenders.
Unfortunately, he’s limited otherwise. His lack of agility and quickness rule him out for teams that use zone blocking schemes that require a lot of movement and second-level attacking from the guards. When his mark lines up beyond his initial reach–especially to the outside–Halapio struggles in pass protection.
If Bill Belichick is committed to a power-running game in 2014 and beyond, Halapio is a perfect fit.