Round 6, Pick 179 (via Jacksonville Jaguars): G Jon Halapio, Florida
Halapio adds on to the offensive lineman that the Patriots drafted in Bryan Stork and Cameron Fleming. Halapio is a solid run blocker and is able to drive into his defenders. He can be beaten in the passing game and opens lanes for pass rushers. Along with Stork and Fleming, Halapio is a work in progress and probably won’t see the field his first year as a Patriot.
Round 6, Pick 198: DE Zach Moore, Concordia-St. Paul
Moore is physically talented and has good athleticism, speed and length that will help his game transfer to the NFL. Moore recorded 33 sacks at his time at Concordia-St. Paul, which is the fourth-highest in Division II football history, He has untapped potential, which makes him a good development project for the Patriots. Moore will provide New England depth at defensive end, something they don’t have after Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones and Will Smith. At the same time, Moore still needs to progress as player, but will be a good investment for the Patriots.
Round 6, Pick 206: DB Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech
Thomas started 29 games at his time at Georgia Tech, including tying the school record for most games played during a career (54). Thomas also recorded 28 pass deflections, nine interceptions and five sacks at his time at Georgia Tech. Thomas played both CB and S at Georgia Tech, making him versatile in where Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia can put him. Thomas is has good speed and can keep up with WR’s and plays physical and likes to get his nose dirty. He doesn’t have a burst of speed, and sometimes can get lost when attacking the line of scrimmage. The Patriots secondary that has improved offseason with the signings of Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Pat Chung, which doesn’t present a lot of opportunities for Thomas. Thomas will most likely sit out a year and learn from the more experienced players, but like Moore, can be a solid player once opportunities in the Patriots secondary opens up.
Round 7, Pick 244: WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan
I absolutely love this pick. Gallon had 92 receptions, 1,377 yards and nine touchdowns in his senior season and broke the Michigan’s single season record in receiving yards. Gallon also broke the B1G single-game record in receiving yards against Indiana with 14 catches, 369 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Gallon’s ability to be a slot receiver and catch pretty much anything that’s thrown to him, makes him a good fit for Brady. His toughness, awareness, vision after the catch and overall hands should help him transition to the NFL. Gallon also gives Brady another young receiving option that has big play ability. Gallon has to fight for spot with second year incumbents Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce, but has the talent and potential to be a threat for the Patriots.
Thoughts on Rounds 5-7: The Patriots didn’t get the big TE to back up Rob Gronkowski in case he doesn’t return as the Gronk we know. They were able to add youth to the offensive line again Halapio and add depth on the defensive line with a athletic and big Zach Moore. Gallon has the potential to be a solid slot receiver, but has to fight for playing time with an already plethora of young WR’s. Thomas most likely will sit out a year and learn from the more experienced players in the secondary, though could take back ups Tavon Wilson and Kanorris Davis limited playing time.
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