The New England Patriots got a major steal when they were able to land the best defensive tackle in the NFL Draft mid way through the second round.
Christian Barmore, who played his college football for the University of Alabama, was widely regarded as the best interior defensive lineman in this year’s draft and the Patriots were able to snag him in a great spot.
It appeared most likely as though the New England Patriots were going to snag a wide receiver in the second round of the NFL Draft, but they got a great player in Christian Barmore.
Barmore is big, like really big, and will be a major force on the interior of the New England defense. He weighs 310 pounds and has great pass rush moves that will allow him to help create some pressure up the middle for the Patriots.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein provided analysis about Barmore’s skill-set ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft and projected him to be selected in rounds 1-2.
“Attack-oriented defensive tackle with a big body, violent hands and the talent to work his way around blocks and find the football. Barmore tends to be in the lead and take control of a majority of reps. His hands and feet sing in harmony and allow him to stay active and free from attempts to sustain blocks against him. His hands are heavy and powerful but also sudden and efficient, which creates early win opportunities for him in the run game and as a pass rusher. Barmore can be his own worst enemy when he freestyles his run fits and prematurely gives away positioning when posting up in read-and-react mode. He’s exceptional at finding a blocker’s edge and swiping past the outside hand to bring the ruckus inside the pocket. While he has similar size and skill set, it doesn’t feel like he’s as long at the point of attack as past Alabama defensive tackles now in the pros. Barmore’s explosive first step, violent hands and upper-body power are the ingredients of a three-down defender with the versatility to play a number of positions in an even or odd front as an impactful rookie starter.”
The fact that Barmore was a second round pick really blows my mind, because he has all the tools you look for in a star NFL defensive tackle. New England could be getting a genuine steal with this selection.
Barmore has great size, he’s powerful, and has the ability to clog up running lanes; which are all traits you look for in a NFL defensive tackle.
Bill Belichick loves to hand pick his talent from coach Nick Saban at Alabama because he breeds success, and the Patriots may have gotten a steal with the No. 36 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
2021 Production Predictions: 30 total tackles, two or three sacks, and a forced fumble.