Patriots Stock Up On More Defense, Grab DE Jake Bequette in the 3rd Round

Ian Logue
April 27, 2012 at 11:42pm ET

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The Patriots added more defense Friday night when they drafted DE Jake Bequette in the 3rd round.

The Patriots added yet another defensive player on Friday night, adding defensive end Jake Bequette out of Arkansas in the 3rd round with the 90th overall pick.

Bequette is 6'5" 274 pounds and had 10 sacks last season with the Razorbacks.  He joins Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower as yet another new addition to what should be an interesting defense next season for New England.

Bequette was a captain (yet another player with this qualification) and also a former teammate of back up quarterback Ryan Mallet.  The interesting part about him is the fact that despite all the success he had in getting to the quarterback, most scouting reports really seem to praise his play in the running game.  He's a hard worker with a lot of integrity, and reading his resume it all makes sense to see why Bill Belichick decided to select him.

The four year starter recently told the local channel 7 affiliate KATV that one of the things he was going to miss about playing in college was the fans, but he's ready to move on to the next level.

"You know I'll definitely miss the pageantry and just being in front of my home state fans, you know," said Bequette.  "I'm also ready to move on.  I've got high goals for myself professionally and I want to pursue that."

He's got a long football pedigree, with his father, uncle, and grandfather all having played at Arkansas.  Still, none of them ever played in the NFL, and Bequette said that he's been working hard to make sure he made the most of his opportunity in the event he got his shot.

"You know, if I'm lucky enough to get drafted I want to be in the best shape of my life so that I can really impress whichever team selects me," said Bequette.

Now he'll get his chance as the newest member of the New England Patriots.