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Ted Larsen (OL)
  • Height:
    6'2"
  • Weight:
    304 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/4 in.
  • College:
    N.C. State
  • Conference:
    ACC
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Selected by: New England Patriots
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 36 (205)
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Pick Analysis: The Patriots pick up a heady center in the late stages of the draft with the selection of Ted Larsen. Although he isn't regarded as a great athlete, his instincts and awareness allow him to mask his deficiencies in a short area. He will provide good depth to the interior of the Patriots' offensive line.

Overview

Larsen was a three-year defensive lineman who moved to center for his final two years at State. He is a good athlete for the position with initial quickness and above-average lateral range in pass pro. He needs work on leveraging his blocks in spite of having natural leverage angles due to his size and still needs to improve his instincts when it comes to picking up stunts and twists up front. A lot of his issues can be improved with time at the position, and he should provide a team with a good backup for a year or two as he develops his instincts and techniques.


Strengths

Thickly built kid with good athleticism for the position. Has a quick first step and the strength to generate a push in the running game. Possesses nimble feet and mirrors rushers in pass protection. Plays with a bit of a mean streak and looks to punish opponents.

Weaknesses

Converted defensive lineman who is still learning the position. Gets confused by stunts and twists in the defensive line and misses assignments on blitzes. Lunges at times due to overextension and loses leverage on run blocks too often. Lacks the versatility to contribute at guard at the next level.

Grade

4.9

 
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