NEPD Editor: James Christensen
Bill Belichick put the finishing touches on the Patriots 2015 NFL Draft, selecting Marshall cornerback Darryl Roberts and Alabama linebacker Xzavier Dickson.
Roberts ran a 4.36 forty and a 6.66 three-cone at his pro day, after being snubbed for the NFL Combine. He is 6’0″ and has some good length. He likes to get after receivers at the line of scrimmage and tries to get away with a lot of clutching and grabbing down the field. He has a nose for the ball on defense—17 pass deflections in 2014—and blocked a couple kicks on special teams during his career.
Aaron Dobson’s former teammate projects as a core special-teamer and developmental outside or inside corner.
Dickson is a 6’3″, 260-pound outside linebacker that can play inside as well. He is a poor man’s Dont’a Hightower. He can rush with his hand in the dirt or stand up and attempt to play in space.
Barring injuries, he projects as a practice-squad player with the glut of pass-rushers in front of him on the team.