Name: Jon Halapio

Position: Guard

School: Florida

Selected: Round 6, Pick 179 overall

Height: 6’3

Weight: 323

Strengths:

  • Big, thick body with a fierce mentality 
  • Can drive defenders, anchor on the line
  • Tough, played through a torn pectoral his senior year
  • Team captain, 43 career starts

Weaknesses:

  • Lower body technique needs work
  • Struggle to react, poor balance with contact
  • Limited blocking range
  • Run block mauler, but needs work in pass protection
  • Injuries may be a concern

Analysis: 

The Patriots went back to the Florida pipeline to grab another offensive lineman. Halapio is a big-bodied mauler that will need work on pass protection in order to develop at the NFL level. He’s tough and is a warrior in the trenches. Despite a torn pectoral, he pushed through the pain and then wanted to prove he was better than his 2013 tape in the pre-draft process.

Halapio needs some work, but has the potential to be a solid NFL guard. The Patriots needed to inject some youth to their line, they did just that. Expect Halapio to be a backup lineman to start, maybe coming in on short-yardage situations.

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