The New England Patriots have signed two more draft picks to the team. First, was Josh Uche at linebacker. Now the Patriots have signed Anfernee Jennings at outside linebacker and Dustin Woodard at center. The Patriots lost linebacker Kyle Van Noy to the Miami Dolphins and linebacker Jamie Collins to the Detroit Lions. The Patriots have picked up reinforcements (Uche, Jennings, and Maluia). They also placed David Andrews on season-ending injured reserve on August 31, 2019. This means that the Patriots are going to need a center to replace him with (Woodard).
The Patriots drafted Jennings in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft at the 87th pick overall. Jennings played at the University of Alabama and started 13 games at linebacker his senior year. Jennings was one of Alabama’s top in-state recruits in 2015. He ranked in the top 150 prospects in the nation. He also was a finalist for the state’s Class 4A Lineman of the Year award as a senior with 14 sacks. Jennings finished his career at Alabama as a first-team All-SEC selection, pacing with the Tide with 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Jennings racked up 83 total stops, intercepted one pass, and broke up five others in 13 of his starts. Overall, Jennings has an average rush, but does have good strength and technique at the point of attack. One thing he needs more development on is his rushing skills in order to reach his potential. Jennings should become an eventual starter.
The Patriots drafted Woodard in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL draft at the 230th pick overall. Woodard played at the University of Memphis and played on a successful 12-2 Memphis Tigers 2019 season, making it to the Cotton Bowl. Woodard is seen as undersized for his position, but is unmistakably tough and determined. Woodard’s four seasons as a starting lineman have made him play in impressive rushing seasons by a variety of runner who are now in the pros. Woodard moves with explosive bursts off the snap of the ball and he is made for a zone scheme. While he looks to mix it up, he does lack the length and bend to sustain a block while moving forward. Woodard should be a decent pass protection blocker, but he has a lack of patience and that same creates opportunities for rush counters to beat him.
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