The New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick are masters of the late round and undrafted free agent markets, and once again it seems they may have struck gold.
Coming off the heels of Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler’s emergence to a top level cornerback, the team believes they have found another gem in rookie linebacker Elandon Roberts.
“He’s a missile, man,” Patriots linebacker Don’t’a Hightower said, via Mass Live.
“He’s a torpedo. He’s a hammer.”
“No doubt in my mind,” Roberts said. “Me, I was a late bloomer. They had it at a young age — high school, college, they were the guys.”
On why he wasn’t drafted higher:
“Really, that’s a tough one,” Belichick said.
“You’re like, if this guy is so good, why did he not play? Why wasn’t he out there?”
“He probably would have never played had that not happened, and you know, you have a Hall of Fame player,” Belichick said. “Sometimes things take a turn, and then once they get that opportunity and they get in there, the Tom Brady’s of the world or whoever, you can’t get them out of there.”