Jake Bequette’s evaluation is still a work in progress. (Patriots.com)
NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas
With the 90th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the New England Patriots selected an accomplished Arkansas defensive end named Jake Bequette.
The 6’5”, 265-pound redshirt senior was a four-year starter as well as a two-time team captain for the Razorbacks. And after amassing 23.5 sacks, 35 quarterback pressures and 32.5 tackles for loss over the course of his career in Fayetteville, his resume stood on its own two legs.
Scouting reports had Bequette down as a “high-motor” prospect who displayed “versatility” and “quickness” while playing in an “elite conference” like the SEC. All four of those characteristics coincide with Bill Belichick’s draft history, so it wasn’t a complete surprise to hear Bequette’s name announced to the Patriots.