NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Purdue DT Kawann Short
|03.25.13 at 12:26 pm ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Defensive tackle
Weight: 299 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-Big Ten first team (media, coaches), 2011 All-Big Ten first team (media), 2011 All-Big Ten second team (coaches), 2010 All-Big Ten second team (media)
What he brings: Short is versatile — he played every position on the interior line for the Boilermakers — and when he positions himself well, his considerable size and strength make him difficult to move or get past. He considered leaving Purdue last year for the draft, but he received a third-round grade and decided to return for his senior season. By many accounts, that extra year helped him become a more consistent player, but many scouts still think he could improve his work ethic and reliability further. NFL.com notes his impressive upper-body strength and his strong hands, while noting that his closing speed isn’t great outside the trenches. His conditioning and weight are concerns, but Short arrived at the scouting combine weighing 299 pounds, a weight he said he hadn’t hit “since middle school.”
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 1 or 2
Notes: Since starting all 12 games for Purdue as a redshirt freshman, Short has improved steadily in his time as a Boilermaker. He’s projected to go relatively early in the draft, in the first 50 or 60 picks, and most see him as a potential starter in 4-3 or 3-4 systems at the NFL level. He recently suffered a hamstring injury that kept him from working out at the scouting combine and instead was scheduled to hold a personal workout for teams at Purdue on March 25.
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Video: Here’s a look at Short in action vs. Iowa in 2012.