FOXBORO – The Patriots keep throwing massive bodies at their offensive line.
In the sixth round Saturday, the Patriots took Jon Halapio, a guard from the University of Florida. Along with center Bryan Stork and tackle Cameron Fleming, three of the Patriots four picks on Saturday were offensive lineman.
Throw in running back James White and all four have been offensive players. Five of the Patriots six picks have been offensive players.
Halapio is the second Florida player the Patriots have taken this season (first-rounder Dominique Easley was the other).
The 6-3 1/2, 323-pound Halapio battled several injuries at Florida, including a torn pectoral sustained in July of 2013. It remained a factor in his final season but he played through it.
Halapio has no shortage of grit, it seems. He does have a lack of explosiveness. His vertical jump was 21 1/2 inches was the lowest among offensive linemen at the NFL Combine.
Still, he started 43 games and was a team captain in a very good conference. And for a Patriots team with two older guards entering the final years of their contracts, Halapio is a depth addition along the offensive line.