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Patriots draft Arkansas DE Trey Flowers with the 101st overall pick

The New England Patriots have drafted former Arkansas DE Trey Flowers in the fourth round (101st overall).

Selected second-team All-SEC in 2014 and 2013. Started every game in 2014 and led team in tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (6). Missed one game in 2013 with a knee injury. Recorded five sacks that season. Started every game in 2012 and played in every game as a freshman in 2011. Selected to SEC All-Freshman Team. Two-time All-State selection in football and also played basketball in high school.


40-yard dash: 4.83 and 4.87 seconds 
Vertical jump: 36 1/2 inches


STRENGTHS: High-motor power end. Uses stab move effectively and is continuing to grow as a pass rusher. Consistent with hand placement and is technically sound. Stacks and sheds in run game. Had a strong game against Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. Good student. Doesn't look like much athletically, but finds his way to the ball against the run.

WEAKNESSES: Not a quick-twitch athlete. Below-average burst off the snap and and won't win around the corner very much in pass rush. Not yet advanced enough as a pass rusher to be able to consistently pressure the passer. Nothing special about ability to close on the ball. Limited scheme fit.


NFL COMPARISON:Adrian Clayborn

BOTTOM LINE: While he might have room on his frame to add more bulk, he's not as long as most 3-4 teams would like at defensive end. His aggressiveness at the point of attack is a plus, but he might have to come off the field on third downs. Limited athletic traits might affect his draft stock.

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