Patriots Sign OL Dan Stevenson

The New England Patriots signed offensive lineman Dan Stevenson yesterday. Stevenson was one of the the team's three sixth-round picks in the 2006 NFL Draft ( 205th overall). He is just the second member of the 2006 NFL Draft class to reach an agreement with the team.

A former starter at Notre Dame, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Stevenson was part of the offensive line protecting top-ranked QB Brady Quinn in the Irish offense. Stevenson managed 35 starts in 44 games playing for the Irish, the last two seasons under Charlie Weis' direction. The unit managed an average of 36.7 points and 477.3 yards per game, paved the way for Irish running back Darius Walker to accumulate seven 100-yard games in 2005.

Stevenson is fighting for a roster spot with a number of young offensive linemen who were on the roster last season including Billy Yates, Ross Tucker and Gene Mruczkowski. He can play guard and may be versatile enough to assume backup center duties if necessary.

With Stevenson's signing and defensive back Willie Andrews already in the fold the team has 8 more players to sign from the 2006 Draft class.

 
OL Dan Stevenson (63) works against Wesley Britt (65) in a blocking drill as Nick Steitz and line coach Dante Scarnecchia looks on during minicamp June 14, 2006. (Photo Jon Scott/ PatriotsInsider.com)

 

TFY Draft Preview had this as their Scouting report on Stevenson:

Bio: Three-year starter at the right guard position.

Pos: Hardworking blocker with a good degree of upside potential. Plays with excellent lean, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and anchors at the point. Explosive, jolts defenders and flashes footwork sliding laterally. Plays heads-up football and works well with teammates.

Neg: Marginally strong as a run blocker and rarely gets movement. Not effective on the second level.

Analysis: A good-sized guard with growth potential, Stevenson elevated his play as a senior and could develop into a starting NFL guard as he physically matures.

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