SELECTED BY NEW ENGLAND , ROUND 1, PICK 21, OVERALL PICK 21
OC | (6-2, 303, 5.1) | Notre Dame
By Pro Football WeeklyNotes: Redshirted in 1999 but started every game in each of his next three seasons. Decided to leave with one year of eligibility remaining but is on pace to graduate with a GPA over 3.0. Named second-team All-American and was a finalist for the Rimington Award given to the nation's best center.Positives: A top weightlifter and dedicated, tireless worker. Quick-twitch guy who seems like he gets off the line before the ball is snapped. Uses power in his upper body to deliver good pop as a run blocker. Has the feet and quickness to pass block and can get out on linebackers without difficulty. Can be nasty. Breaks down well and shows good overall technique. Has quick hands and very good balance. Is aware and recognizes well in the passing game. Plays with good technique and tenacity.Negatives: May struggle with Ted Washington-type tackles. Lacks the size to dominate. Will not blow defensive tackles off the ball in short yardage. Is an average run blocker. Is not a great natural athlete. Could improve his leg strength. Has somewhat short arms and does not get great lockout.Summary: Durable leader who is on the top of most team's draft boards at the center position and may not be around for Round Two.* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.