NEPD Editor: James Christensen
If there was ever a draft pick tailor-made for Bill Belichick, it is Joe Cardona. The former high-school lacrosse player is a long-snapper from Navy, where Belichick learned the game from his father.
With Danny Aiken not on the roster anymore, the Patriots had a need for a specialist to join Ryan Allen and Stephen Gostkowski. Cardona snaps the ball at over 41 miles-per-hour, the fastest ever tested. At 6’2″ and 242 pounds, he is a bit undersized covering punts, but is more than willing to take on blockers and returners.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle to Cardona’s career will be gaining dispensation from the Navy to forego his five-year commitment.