NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Colorado OT David Bakhtiari
|04.03.13 at 7:13 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available for the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one of a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Offensive tackle
Weight: 299 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-Pac 12 second team (coaches), 2011 All-Pac 12 second team (coaches), 2011 sophomore All-America second team (collegefootballnews.com), 2010 freshman All-America honorable mention (collegefootballnews.com), 2010 All-Big 12 honorable mention (AP)
What he brings: Bakhtiari, expected by some to move to guard in the NFL, has been recognized for his good technique. CBSSports.com notes his long arms and good overall weight distribution. Bakhtiari has very good initial quickness on the offensive line and takes good cuts and angles to help with defenders. Scouts have been impressed with his tenacity and aggressiveness with defenders, willing to knock them to the ground when he can.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2 or 3
Notes: Bakhtiari allowed only 2.5 quarterback sacks and one pressure in the 2012 season. In 2010, as a freshman, he played in all 12 games, starting 11. He registered 59 finishing/knockdown blocks, which was fourth best on the team. This included three touchdown blocks, which was tied for the third most. … The Bakhtiari family has a successful career in football. David’s oldest brother, Eric, is a linebacker who has played five NFL seasons, most recently for the 49ers in 2012. Another one of his older brothers, Andrew, played defensive end at the University of San Diego. His uncle, Dan Jackson, played quarterback at California.
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Video: Here’s a look at Bakhtiari in action vs. USC in 2012.