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Monday, April 26, 2010

Patriots select D-Linemen: Brandon Deaderick and Kade Weston

By: Greg
In the seventh round the Patriots gain some depth on the defensive line. In back to back picks they selected Brandon Deaderick a DE out of Alabama and Kade Weston a DT out of Georgia.

Deaderick had 83 tackles, 7 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss in four years for Bama. He is a Nick Saban desciple which BB loves. Deaderick was shot during his days at Bama and then practiced two days after. A tough guy if you ask me.

Scouting Report from CBS Sports

Terrance Cody received much of the credit for Alabama's dominant defensive line play, but Deaderick's performance (36 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four sacks) was a major factor in Alabama's re-emergence as a national title contender in 2008. As such, he was expected to be a major contributor in 2009.

Before the start of the season, Deaderick was shot by a would-be car thief on August 31, 2009. The injury and improved play of backup Marcell Dareus limited Deaderick early in the season, contributing to less than scintillating statistics throughout the Tide's ride to the BCS National Championship.

Deaderick produced 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack while playing in 14 games (including 10 starts) as a senior. His career totals of 83 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks over 31 starts is less than some defensive linemen posted last season alone.

Despite only marginal production, scouts are intrigued by Deaderick's size and versatility. The classic two-gap defender projects as a fit as a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 defensive end. If he can convince teams his off-field concerns are past him, his experience and ability to play multiple positions could result in a mid-round selection.


Pass rush: At least moderate initial quickness, but lacks the acceleration to pressure the tackle's outside shoulder. Good use of leverage and strength for the bull rush. Effective swim move. Has to be more consistent getting his hands up in passing lanes. Doesn't protect his knees from the cut-block.

Run defense: His greatest strength. Very good size and strength to hold up to the run. Good use of leverage to anchor. Locates the ball and has powerful hands to stack the offensive tackle and shed the block to make the play in the hole. Only moderate lateral quickness and balance, but good effort to slide down the line in pursuit. Disciplined defender, works hard to keep contain.

Explosion: Inconsistent, but flashes enough initial quickness off the snap to disrupt the timing of the play. Good upper-body strength to rock the tackle back.

Strength: His most impressive trait. Powerful defender. Can control the blocker at the line of scrimmage, shed and make the play in the hole. Good leg drive as a bull-rusher and to anchor.

Tackling: Only moderate lateral agility to break down and make the tackle against quicker athletes. Good strength for the drag-down tackle. Hustles laterally, but has only phone booth quickness and struggles makes few tackles outside of the box.

Intangibles: Immature early in his career, but according to coaches, developed into a leader as a senior. Was arrested on July 14, 2007 and charged with giving a false name to police, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief (for cracking the window inside a patrol car with his head). Was shot in 2009 by a would-be car thief. Deaderick confronted the thief and was shot once. The bullet went through his arm, through his hip and out of an area near his groin. Showing his toughness, Deaderick suited up and played against Virginia Tech less than five days later. Received the team's Up-Front Award for the outstanding lineman in 2008. Won the Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award during spring practice in 2009.

Kade Weston Scouting Report from CBS

Part of Georgia's powerful defensive tackle rotation, Weston played in unison with Jeff Owens and Geno Atkins the last four seasons, earning 21 starting assignments in the 49 games he wore a Bulldogs uniform. The more dominant run stuffer of the trio, he managed just 79 tackles during his career, but 16.5 were behind the line of scrimmage.

One of the most highly sought prep players in the country, Weston's career at Georgia was somewhat sidetracked early in his junior year by a nagging knee injury and he failed to meet the lofty expectations the staff had for him when he decided to join the squad from Red Bank Regional High School.

The New Jersey product was a Parade and Super Prep All-American as a senior prepster, as he also made Super Prep's All-Northeast teams. He was the third-ranked defensive tackle nationally by and placed him on their "Top 100 Players in the Nation" unit.

That recruiting service ranked Weston as the second-best player in the state of New Jersey on their 2004 Postseason Top 30 squad. He was listed on Tom Lemming's Top 100 players in the nation list and was a two-time All-State defensive tackle.

Weston recorded 79 tackles including 18 stops-for-loss, as he sacked the quarterback eight times and caused six fumbles as a senior. As a junior, he registered 114 tackles, 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage 14 sacks and five forced fumbles.

Upon his arrival at Georgia, Weston spent the 2005 season on the scout team. He earned Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News in 2006, as he started six of 13 games at strong-side defensive tackle. He totaled 13 tackles and had a pair of pass break-ups while registering 14 quarterback pressures.

Weston started five more times while appearing in 13 games as a sophomore. He was in on 19 tackles (9 solos), posted two sacks among his 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Six of his 16 pressures came on third-down plays.

A knee injury in 2008 fall camp limited Weston to 10 games of reserve duty as a junior. He produced 18 tackles (13 solos) with 3.5 stops for loss, as he was named to the Southeastern Conference and the Georgia Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.

As a senior, Weston alternated at right tackle with Geno Atkins, starting 10 contests. He was named All-SEC third-team, as he collected 29 tackles (12 solos), 2.5 sacks and 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He was also credited with five pressures.


Positives: Has a thick frame with wide hips, broad shoulders and adequate upper body strength … Has above average timed speed for the tackle position … Better suited for the interior, where his short-area burst and upper body strength are more effective as a bull rusher … Can dominate the inside action when he generates a quick step off the snap, as he has a good feel for the cadence … Shows a good feel for blocking schemes and has the quick instincts to locate the ball working through the pile … Works hard to separate, disengage and shed … Has a good feel for the cadence and can be explosive behind his hits when attacking the lead blocker … Has valid upper body strength to disengage and shed and is very active with his hands in attempts to control, but does not have the lower strength to anchor vs. double teams, even though he is adequate at shooting the gaps … Has the change of direction agility and loose hips to make plays in pursuit … Solid wrap-up tackler who can deliver pop upon contact … Has good lateral agility to make plays down the line and a quick short area burst when operating in the one-gap alignment … As a tackler, he brings good aggression and pop behind his hits, doing a nice job of getting under the ballcarrier … Works better inside the box when he drops his weight and stays low in his pads to get under the ballcarrier, uncoil and wrap … Can control and leverage with his hand punch and placement … Has a deceiving burst, as he does not look like he can get to the quarterback, but then finishes the play … Effective penetrating the backfield when lining up as a one-gap defender … Takes good angles in pursuit and can defeat pass schemes when working in-line.

Negatives: Better suited inside due to his lack of sustained quickness to take the wide loop to the quarterback coming off the edge … Only way he can be effective as a defensive end is to lose weight and improve his stamina … Does not have the strength to split double teams and needs to do a better job of grabbing and executing rip moves to defeat pass protectors … When trying to get through trash, he narrows his base and loses balance … Has good timed speed, but is best when shooting the inside gaps, as he does not have the acceleration to push the pocket from the outside … Needs to show more consistency with his motor, as he tends to throttle down if his initial move fails … Lacks the acceleration to come off blocks and close on the pocket … When he gets his pad level high, he tends to narrow his base, resulting in blockers attacking his body and washing him out of the gaps.
Compares To: BARRY COFIELD, New York Giants -- Weston has an impressive frame with long arms and a strong punch. He is more of a one-gap defender and even though he was used on the edge at times at Georgia, he's more suited playing inside, where he has the upper body strength to clog the rush lanes. He needs to improve his pad level, as he will pop up and get upright at the line at times, letting blockers get into his frame.
--Dave-Te' Thomas

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