With their first pick of the fifth round, the New England Patriots selected TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon. Cannon was considered to be a second-round pick until he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He is expected to make a full recovery, but the medical issues were obviously a concern with teams. Getting Cannon here is a tremendous value, as their were even rumblings of the Chicago Bears taking Cannon at the end of the first round until his diagnosis. Cannon played tackle in college but his size (6’5″, 358 lbs) makes him flexible enough to move inside and play guard, which gives the Patriots leverage in dealing with Logan Mankins. The experts on NFL Network agreed that this pick is a steal if he is OK to go medically. Here is the pre-draft scouting report on Marcus Cannon:
Cannon is a big boy with sneaky athleticism that could develop into a starting right tackle at the next level. He shows good initial quickness and can really push around defenders once he gets his hands on them. He moves well enough to mirror defenders in pass protection and shows the ability to pursue moving targets in the second level on run plays. The biggest concern is his inability to consistently recognize blocking assignments and he gets beat far too often on stunts and blitzes. If he can improve his instincts and understanding of the game he could be a force and he will likely be a second day pick.