PFW has an intern helping us out this summer at Gillette. One of the tasks Williams College star wide receiver Darren Hartwell undertook was breaking down the Patriots roster heading into training camp. (Just so you know, he's no relation with former PFW free agent linebacker favorite Edgerton Hartwell.)
Darren wasn't looking to make assessments based on talent or depth, but rather looking for interesting notes, nuggets and statistics from the now 90-man list. (We've included the reported signings of Visanthe Shiancoe and Tim Bulman, even though they've yet to be announced by the team's PR department.)
Here's what the resident purple cow found:
- The Patriots have more players hailing from California (11) than any other state. The next most common home state is a three-way tie between Ohio, Florida and Texas with six apiece. Three players – Sebastian Vollmer (Germany), Zoltan Mesko (Romania) and Jonathan Fanene (American Samoa) – hail from outside of the U.S. That becomes four if you include Patrick Chung, who was actually born in Jamaica.
- New England actually has seven players hailing from New England with four from Connecticut and three from Massachusetts.
- The average age of the offense (26.8 years) is slightly older than the defense (25.8 years). The average offensive player has 5.1 years of experience while the average defender has 4.1 years of experience.
- Wide receiver is the oldest position on the Patriots with the 10 players having an average age of 28.6 years. Next in line is quarterback (28.0), thanks to Old Man Brady, followed by offensive line (27.0), linebacker (26.3), defensive line (25.8), defensive back (25.3) running back (25.3) and tight end (25.2).
- As you may have learned in the current pages of Patriots Football Weekly, the 17 players on the Patriots roster from the SEC are the most of any conference. That's followed by the Big East (14 players) and Big Ten (13).
- The information I found most interesting was the breakdown of the roster based on draft position. New England has 12 first-round picks on the roster, 11 second-round picks (all but Jabar Gaffney taken by the Patriots), four third-round picks, five fourth-round picks, five fifth-round picks, sixth sixth-round picks and eight seventh-round picks. The roster also includes 39 undrafted players, only six of which are part of this year's rookie class. So the Patriots roster includes the same number of undrafted rookies as it does the final six rounds of the draft combined, 39 to 39.
- 56 of the 90 players on the roster have four years of experience or less. NOTE: If you find any mistakes in these notes or statistics, blame Darren. As a Tufts guy, it's always the fault of the guy from Williams. Go Jumbos!