The Patriots dipped into the Division Two ranks when they drafted defensive tackle Sam Roberts out of Northwest Missouri State with pick 200 in the sixth round.
Roberts led a defense that only surrendered 12.1 points per game last season. He won the Cliff Harris Award which honors the nation’s best defensive player at the Division Two and Three level.
Here is my scouting report on Sam Roberts.
Sam Roberts, 6-5 292, Northwest Missouri State
Vs. Run: Roberts is long and lean. Has enough explosion in his first step that he can be a one gap penetrator. At his best when he can get his hands on a lineman, sink and anchor. Roberts does a good job of stacking lineman and getting off blocks but he can be tall sometimes and gets stuck.
Pass Rush: A power pass rusher. Heavy handed. Strikes pass blockers, extends and leans. Gets into a rip move quick. Has an effective bull and rip technique as well. Needs to play with a lower pad level when he’s rushing.
Pursuit: Moves well for his size. Can play down the line. Showed some lateral explosiveness against D2 competition.
Tackling: Physical tackler who wraps and finishes on contact. Has long arms and can envelop ball carriers. Needs to do a better job of breaking down one on one with ball carriers.
Initial Quickness: Good take off for his size. Can re-create the line of scrimmage on the snap.
Recognition: Does a good job of attacking blocks as they develop. Can play down the line against a zone scheme and shed. Plays with good instincts.
Neutralize Blocks: Can stack and shed versus single blocks. Does a good job against double teams but he tends to attack them high st times and gets washed.
Key & Diagnose: Has a good feel for blocks and how to attack them. Reads high and low hats and plays them appropriately.
Final Thoughts: Roberts was dominate at the Division Two level but he will need to clean some things in his game fundamentally to stick in the NFL. First order of business. Play low! That will help.