A closer look at the Patriots’ third-round pick, defensive lineman Jake Bequette
|04.27.12 at 10:59 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots selected Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette with the 90th pick in the draft on Friday night.
A former college teammate of Patriots’ backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, he’s known as a smart and competitive player. The 6-foot-5, 274-pounder started all 13 games for the Razorbacks as a senior and was a second-team All-SEC selection. In addition, he finished his senior year with 32 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and a career-high seven sacks, and tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries. His team-leading sack total tied for fifth in the SEC, and is tied for the eighth-highest single-season total in Arkansas history.
Labeled as a defensive end, he does have some positional versatility — he’s played all over the defensive line at Arkansas, but was used as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme at the Senior Bowl. A defensive captain the last two years, he’s the third defensive captain the Patriots have drafted with their first four picks in this year’s draft.
When looking at Bequette, one of the things that really stands out is his agility, which can be seen in his 3-cone drill time. He had one of the best times for any defensive end at the combine, finishing at 6.9. (We’ve written about the Patriots affinity for prospects with excellent 3-cone times before.)