December 10, 2016

Pats Hook Kareem

The Patriots returned to the Radio City Music Hall podium for the first time in over 100 picks and chose Miami defensive tackle Kareem Brown with the 127th selection of the 2007 NFL draft.

Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout has the profile, which concludes:

Compares To: Vonnie Holliday, Miami … Holliday is much quicker than Brown, but both are quite effective at pushing the pocket and applying pressure from the inside. Brown may slide a bit on draft day, mostly because he chose to not compete in the agility tests at the Combine and then had a poor showing on Miami’s Pro Day. His 5.39 and 5.41 40-yard dash clockings were a big disappointment, as everyone knows he was far from a finished product anyway. But the pros all thought he was quicker than the stopwatch indicated. He needs to get a better feel for diagnosing the play and must improve his speed and hand technique, along with developing better pass rush moves. But he is good at occupying multiple blockers and has room on his frame to add more bulk. He plays too tall in his stance to be a nose guard, but shows enough lateral movement to make plays down the line.

A pass rushing DT. The Pats do need some productive depth on the line. It looks like they rolled the dice on a project to compete with players like Marquis Hill and Mike Wright.

The Pats aren’t due to be up again for nearly 50 picks, so that’s it, they’ve officially worn me down. I’ll be back later with a second day summary.

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