The dust is still settling after the 2014 NFL Draft, but as is the case every year, Bill Belichick’s handling of the New England Patriots’ draft has gotten people talking. After taking a defensive lineman who was injured for most of 2013 in the first round and a new quarterback in the second, the Pats preceded to take three offensive linemen in the late rounds. Here are some quick facts about the first of the bunch, center Bryan Stork.
1. Before starting 46 of 52 games in four years for Florida State (2013’s national champs), Stork played tight end in high school. While that may seem a random fact, scouts say this has given him an intricate knowledge of blocking schemes and is athletic enough to get out in front quickly for sweep and power plays.
2. Not only has he played tight end, but Stork also played multiple games at right and left guard in college. Belichick loves versatile players who can contribute at more than one position.
3. At 6’4’’ and 323 pounds, Bryan Stork is a big fella’. Ryan Wendell, the current starter at center, is 6’2’’ 320. Perhaps Belichick is looking to get bigger and more athletic in the middle of the line, helping to further develop that power running game the Pats stumbled upon last season.
4. He was a surprising choice for the fourth round. Stork was projected to be a seventh rounder or an undrafted free-agent, according to many scouts.
5. He won the 2013 Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top center. Leave it to Bill Belichick to snatch up a talented player when everyone least suspects it.