Patriots Draft: Round Three - Ellis Hobbs

<p>The New England Patriots selected Ellis Hobbs, CB, Iowa State with their first pick in the 3rd-round. The Patriots traded down with the Baltimore Ravens moving out of the second round, and picking up draft picks along the way, including the Ravens 3rd-round pick at #84 overall.</p> <p>Here is Hobbs' Scouting Profile</p>

Ellis Hobbs School: Iowa State
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 192 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter and All-Academic performer who totaled 71/5/8 as a senior after 71/2/9 the prior year.

Positives: Technically sound cornerback with solid cover skills. Fluid transitioning off the line with opponents, possesses good footwork in all directions and quick in his head. Immediately locates the ball, displays a good move defending the pass, and stays with the play. Alert, quickly breaks on the throw and displays a good burst of closing speed. Fast enough that he can recover to help out teammates. Excellent special teams player who is one of the first down the field on coverage units. Team captain as a senior.

Negatives: Not a big, strong or sturdy corner and out-muscled by opponents. Gets blocked out of the action and loses out in battles.

Analysis: A consistent performer on the college field, Hobbs is one of the most undervalued cornerbacks in this draft. Would be very effective backed off the line of scrimmage or in a zone system, yet marginal size may keep him from being anything more than a nickel back at the next level.

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