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Friday, April 27, 2012

The Patriots select Jake Bequette DE Arkansas

By: Greg

In the third round the Patriots address thier pass rush need once again and select Jake Bequette DE out of Arkansas.

Bequette is the all time sack leader at Arkansas. He was a four year starter for the Razorbacks.  He had 10 sacks last season which lead the SEC and many more pass hurries. Jake had 23.5 sacks and 31 tackles for a loss for his career at Arkansas.
Jake is a verstile player who can play OLB or Defensive end. He is extremely athletic and has a great motor. For the Razorbacks he was the team leader and best player up front.

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A four-year starter, Bequette (beck-ETT) was a three-star defensive end/tight end recruit out of high school, choosing hometown Arkansas over Kansas State. After redshirting in 2007, he saw immediate action in 2008 as a redshirt freshman (11 starts), recording 27 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one pass breakup. Bequette played in all 13 games in 2009 as a sophomore (8 starts), finishing with 39 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two pass break-ups and two forced fumble. He started all 13 games in 2010 as a junior, recording 32 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, 3 pass break-ups and 1 forced fumble, earning Second Team All-SEC honors. Bequette battled a hamstring injury in 2011 as
a senior, but still had his most productive season (10 starts), finishing with 28 tackles, a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss, an SEC-best 10.0 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 1 pass break-up, earning First Team All-SEC honors. Bequette, who is the fourth member of his family to play football at Arkansas, had a productive collegiate career and looked most comfortable lining up at the 9-technique defensive end position where he could isolate blockers in space with a running start. He looks like a fish out of water at times when dropping in space at linebacker, but loves the game of football and has the overachieving mentality that he can do anything. Bequette is a stiff, upright runner with one-speed and limited explosive qualities, but is tough to stop when he is playing at full-go with intensity -- mid-round pick with borderline pro starting traits who won't wow athletically, but fights through the whistle and gets the most out of his ability.

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• Gets very good leverage
• Top notch motor
• Can play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB
• Great upper-body strength
• Has improved each season of play

• Not overly athletic
• Doesn't have experience in space
• Lacks lateral movement ability
• Can be caught off balance
• Technique needs improved

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