3 early thoughts on Patriots’ selection of FSU center Bryan Stork
|05.10.14 at 12:48 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Three early thoughts on the Patriots selection of Bryan Stork with the 105th overall pick:
1. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Stork certainly has an impressive resume. This past season, he started all 13 games played at center for the national champions and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center. He does apparently have some positional versatility, which means he could show up as a backup to either Dan Connolly or Logan Mankins. (He played some left guard while at FSU.) But for now, he’ll likely serve as the primary backup for starter Ryan Wendell.
2. Like first-round pick Dominique Easley, there are some injury issues. He did not compete at the combine because of left knee and shoulder issues, and had toe issues at the start of the 2013 season. In addition, in 2011, he missed games against Boston College and did not start against Miami because of migraines, then suffered a finger injury against Florida which became infected and nearly required amputation. That being said, he did start 26 games the last two years, and so there’s something to be said for battling through injuries.
3. It remains to be seen — injuries and other personnel decisions always play a role when it comes to roster-buiuding. But at least on the surface, like Easley and Jimmy Garoppolo, this pick appears to be a developmental acquisition with an eye toward a year or two down the road.
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