The New England Patriots made three selections in the six round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Here’s a quick analysis of each:
No. 179 – Jon Halapio, OG, Florida
The Patriots continue to rebuild their offensive line as they selected their third offensive lineman of the day with Jon Halapio. He’s a big (6’3.5″, 323 lbs), powerful and physical guard. He’s tough as nails too having played through a torn pectoral muscle. He’s dealt with a few injuries which may help explain why he’s available this late in the draft. Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell should be worried though–this guy can play.
No. 198 – Zach Moore, DE, Concordia
Zach Moore is a small-school developmental type. He has the body type and length that you look for in an NFL defensive end (6’5″, 260 lbs). He’s got a nice burst off the line and a good bend around the edge. The Pats need depth behind starters Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, so this is a nice addition.
No. 206 – Jemea Thomas, DB, Georgia Tech
Jemea Thomas is a versatile DB that can play any position in the secondary. He plays much bigger than his size (5’9″, 192 lbs) would suggest. It’ll be a challenge for him to make the roster and will likely have to do so via special teams contributions.