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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Patriots select WR Brandon Tate UNC

By Greg
After trading their first third round pick the Patriots have selected WR Brandon Tate out of UNC. Tate is 6'0 and 183 pounds. He runs a 4.5 fourty yard dash. Last year in 6 games played he had 16 catches, 376 yards and 3 TDs. He played along side first round pick Hakeem Nicks.

He is also a very very good return man and could fill in for recently traded Ellis Hobbs at that position.
This year he will fight for the number four spot at WR and in a year from now could take over duties as the 3rd wide out.

Tate from NFL Draftcountdown:

Strengths:
Outstanding pure athleticism...Excellent speed and quickness...Great acceleration with a burst...Adequate height...Nice hands, body control and ball skills...Good balance and agility...Elusive with fantastic vision and instincts...Able to separate and be a vertical threat...Versatile and a weapon on reverses...Also a sensational return man...Still has upside.

Weaknesses:
Needs to add some weight and bulk up...Not a great route runner...Has some trouble getting off the line...Not real tough...Must develop better awareness..Wasn't very productive...Health / Durability are concerns.

Notes:
Brother, Barry, also played football at Lenoir-Rhyne College...NCAA career leader in combined kick return yardage...Averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return and 10.6 yards per punt return with 6 special teams touchdowns during his Tar Heel career...Named Honorable-Mention All-ACC in 2007 and 2008...Saw his senior season come to an abrupt end when he tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee...Overshadowed by teammates Hakeem Nicks and Brooks Foster for most of his college career...Considered to be just a return specialist prior to the 2008 season...Was having an amazing senior campaign and emerging as a potential Day One pick before he got hurt...Won't be healthy enough to work out prior to Draft Day and may not be 100% until 2010, which will impact his draft stock...Dynamic all-around playmaker who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball...Whichever team drafts him will need to take a long-term approach with his development but that patience could be rewarded handsomely...Has the ability to be not only a terrific #2 / #3 wideout but also a Pro Bowl-quality return guy.

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