Thursday, June 14, 2012
Rookie Defensive End Jake Bequette Agrees To A 4-Year Deal With The Patriots
Third-round draft pick Jake Bequette, a defensive end out of Arkansas, reportedly agreed to a four-year deal tonight with the New England Patriots.
If true, it means that the Pats have locked up six of their seven rookies from the class of 2012. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower (one of their two first-round picks) is the only one that hasn't been paid yet. I haven't heard a word about his contract situation so I assume that will change shortly as they come to terms.
Picked 90th overall, Bequette had 23.5 career sacks for the Razorbacks including 10 during his senior season. He was named All-SEC after his outstanding campaign last fall.
There's no guarantee that he will be an impact player but everyone agrees that the SEC is by far the best conference in college football so he should be well prepared after playing all the great teams there. Apropos of nothing, he's probably close with the Pats third-string quarterback Ryan Mallett who spent his last few collegiate seasons at Arkansas.