Patriots select FSU center Stork at No. 105

Patriots select FSU center Stork at No. 105
May 10, 2014, 12:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- The interior of the Patriots offensive line has been littered with hard-working, versatile bodies for years. It got another such player early on Saturday.

With their first pick on Day 3 of the draft -- No. 105 overall -- New England selected Florida State center Bryan Stork.

Stork (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) is a significantly different body type at center than two-year starter Ryan Wendell (6-2, 275), but he has the kind of positional flexibility that the Patriots value highly.

He won the 2013 Rimington Award, given to the best center in college football, but he also has experience at both guard spots and he was reportedly FSU's emergency tackle, reportedly seeing reps there in practice.

Touted as an aggressive, coachable hard-worker, Stork seems like a prototypical Patriots offensive lineman. 

And if you needed any further proof, take this quote from Stork, found in a story written by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

"I'll do whatever the team needs me to do," he said. "Whatever team picks me up, whatever they need, I'll do it and I'll probably do it for cheaper than the last guy. And I'm just going to learn. If they need me to play right away, I will. If they don't, they don't, and I'll take advantage of it like a redshirt year.

That's what he could be looking at with Wendell, Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly already in place. But given the nagging injuries that have befallen the Patriots interior offensive line in recent seasons -- and last year's relative down season by Wendell after a strong 2012 -- Stork could find his way into the rotation at some point in his rookie season.