Here are my grades for the Patriots sixth round picks yesterday.
Jon Halapio, G:
Once again the Pats went with an interior lineman here, something that they feel is a big hole to fill this offseason. Halapio is a good prospect, and he will provide good depth for the Pats in the middle of the offensive line. Dan Connolly’s play dropped off significantly last year, and at this point, his spot on the roster is in question. Halapio isn’t the most athletic guy in the world, but he can pass block, and run block, which is good when you are put into a balanced offense like the Patriots have.
Zach Moore, DE:
The Patriots didn’t need to find a defensive end that is a starting-caliber player, but they did need some depth to go behind Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, and that is what they may have found in Zach Moore. He is a big guy, and while he definitely needs some development, if he works hard enough, I think he could into a contributor on this defense.
Jemea Thomas, S:
I loved this pick. Thomas is a physical player, which is different from the safeties New England has right now. Devin McCourty is one of the best overall safeties this league has to offer, but he isn’t a physical defensive back. The same can be said for Duron Harmon, although he isn’t nearly as talented as McCourty. Thomas needs some work as a cover guy, but I like how he brings the hammer when he is on the football field. I will be rooting for him to play well in camp, and hopefully make it onto the final roster.