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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Patriots select Boston College's DT Ron Brace

With their second pick (40th overall) the Patriots have selected DT Ron Brace from Boston College. Brace is a beast and will fit in nicely in the 3-4. He is a run stuffer at 6'3 and 330 lbs.

Last season he was in opponents backfield all game, he had 11 tackles for a loss and 3 sacks. He was a second team all ACC last season. After his draft workouts many teams thought he might go in the first round.

Brace also gives the Pats insurance if Wilfork walks next season.

Scouting Report from NFL Draft Countdown:

Strengths:Excellent size and bulk...Very quick off the snap...Great strength...Is stout at the point of attack...Does a terrific job against the run...Gets a good push up the middle...Will collapse the pocket...A powerful tackler...Shows the ability to shoot gaps and penetrate at times...Nice instincts / awareness...Lots of experience...Improving and has upside.

Weaknesses:Not a sack artist and repertoire of pass rush moves is limited...Does not always play with proper leverage...Still needs to use his hands better...Will get hung up on blocks...Conditioning and stamina might be issues...Has an inconsistent motor...Didn't face many double teams.

Notes:Was a three-year starter for the Eagles...Named 2nd Team All-ACC as a senior...Was overshadowed by teammate B.J. Raji and certainly benefited from playing next to such a talented player but is a fine pro prospect in his own right...The type whose value can't be measured by the stat sheet...Had a great senior campaign and really improved his draft stock...Two-gapper with the potential to be a top 3-4 nose tackle.

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