FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots wrapped up the second night of the draft by nabbing Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette with the 90th pick. He's the second player they've taken at the position in the draft.
The 6-foot-5, 274-pounder had 10 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles during his senior season.
Bequette (pronounced like "Beckett") is a solid player who knows how to get after the quarterback. He's a sure tackler, and he's strong in pursuit with a good motor. Bequette isn't an elite athlete, but the two-time captain will work for it. This was a solid pick.
Bequette will compete for starting-caliber reps on the edge. He's a natural defensive end, but Arkansas used him as a standup outside linebacker at times to get him ready for such situations in the NFL.
The Patriots used their first four picks on defense, and they took two players on the edge. While it was expected that they'd get aggressive on that side of the ball in the draft, the four selections should send a message to the defense.
"No, unfortunately, I was never extended that invitation."
–Bequette, when asked if he's ever taken a ride on Bobby Petrino's motorcycle.