FOXBORO -- Bryan Stork wasn't able to work out at the NFL Combine because of issues in both of his shoulders and one of his knees.
After he was drafted by the Patriots at pick No. 105 in the fourth round, Stork said in a conference call that he wasn't concerned that those dings would hurt his draft stock. He was confident that his ability to break down the game during an interview would be enough to get him picked.
"When you get me on the board that’s when I shine," said Stork, who insisted that he's fine now. "I’m a ball player. I’m a smart guy and that’s what I pride myself on. I wasn’t worried about the things that could possibly hold you back because they didn’t."
Touted as a hard-working and versatile offensive lineman for the 2013 national champions at Florida State, Stork said he isn't expecting to be handed a job in New England. He's just hoping to learn the NFL game and earn a role with the Patriots as he did in college when he arrived to campus as a tight end.
"I just want to come in and compete for a job and go to work," he said. "That’s all I’m worried about. Not going to predict that I start, I just want to play ball."