Saturday, May 10, 2014
Patriots pick Jon Halapio in 6th
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The pick:Jon Halapio, guard, Florida (179th).
My take: This is the third offensive lineman selected by the Patriots in the draft after the team didn't draft any blockers in 2012 and 2013. A big theme today for the team has been adding power and beef up front. With the 6-foot-3 1/2, 323-pound Halapio added to the fold, it could push starting veteran right guard Dan Connolly, who is scheduled to earn $3 million this season and count more than $4 million against the salary cap. The Patriots have given first-year offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo some young talent to work with and that will be an area to watch in 2014 -- how young players develop in the transition from retired line coach Dante Scarnecchia to DeGuglielmo.
A feel for Halapio: A team captain, Halapio proved his toughness at right guard by playing through a torn pectoral muscle in 2013. Similar to fourth-round pick Bryan Stork, he was given a low durability grade ("5") by Scouts Inc. because of a string of injuries. He is considered an aggressive and hard-nosed player.
Guard depth chart: Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly, Marcus Cannon, Josh Kline, Chris Barker, Jon Halapio
What's next: The Patriots have two more sixth-round picks (198, 206) and a seventh-rounder (244).