Many analysts evaluating the Patriots’ roster before the draft concluded that New England needed to fill holes in certain skill positions (running back, wide receiver, and tight end) and pretty much every part of the defense. While the Pats did manage to draft a running back, a wide receiver, and a couple defensive linemen in the later rounds, they also decided to take three offensive linemen. In Bill we trust, I suppose. I’ve already introduced you to the first two o-linemen, so here are some quick facts to know about the last of them, offensive guard Jon Halapio.
1. Halapio will bring some strong leadership qualities to an offensive line group with a new position coach. He was a team captain at the University of Florida.
2. He is considered a reach at pick 179 (sixth round). Many scouts had him rated as a seventh round pick or even a priority undrafted free-agent signing.
3. He has a bit of an injury history, missing most of his freshman year with a shoulder injury and the early part of the 2013 season with meniscus and pectoral injuries. Still, Halapio has a reputation for playing through pain and started all 26 games for Florida in 2011 and 2012.
4. At 6’3’’ and 323 pounds, he is not as athletic as fellow rookie linemen Bryan Stork and Cameron Fleming.
5. He had the lowest vertical leap of all offensive linemen at this year’s scouting combine at 21.5″.