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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 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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