Patriots draft Illini G Ted Karras

Illini guard Ted Karras drafted by New England Patriots in the sixth round

OL Ted Karras: Drafted

Round 6, Pick 221 overall

Team: New England Patriots

Bio Info

6-foot-3, 307 pounds

5.28 40-yard dash

26.5-inch vertical jump

8.3 three-cone drill

32 reps of bench press

Illinois career

A four-year starter, Karras started 43 games for Illinois at guard. A torn ACL caused him to miss the final four games of the 2014 season.

Karras is a tenacious brute in the interior. He fires off the ball quick and uses his plus strength -- he was awarded the Illini Warrior Effort Award for weight room performance -- to open holes in the run game and he has solid technique in the pass game. Rarely got beat for sacks. If needed, he could probably play center, which should help him try to gain a roster spot. He's highly intelligent (an Academic All-Big Ten selection), a hard worker, a vocal leader and a culture setter. Karras has the bloodlines. He is the seventh member of his family to play football in the Big Ten, including his great-uncle, Alex, who was an All-American offensive lineman for Iowa a four-time NFL Pro Bowler before becoming a well-known actor.

The ACL injury affected his trajectory. He lost agility and lateral ability and now struggles to get to the second level or to the perimeter on pulls. The Big Ten has a lot of great interior linemen and he struggled against some of the best. 

If he can regain his pre-injury level, Karras provides a nice versatile, tough interior blocker.

Expert breakdown: "Karras is limited by his lack of functional athleticism, but his technique combined with moderate body control gives him a chance to fight for a roster spot with a power-­based running game looking for tough guys." - Nolan NawrockiNFL Draft 2016 Preview

Karras says: "I sell myself as I know what I'm doing. I've played a lot of football. I bring kind of a toughness too at the position. I'm not going to be the guy who goes out there and runs a 4.9 (40-yard dash) for you, but I rarely get beat and bring a lot of grit to the game."


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