Former Arkansas Razorbacks defensive end Jake Bequette has, at best, average talent. That is the believe of many draft analysts, at least.
According to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, his strengths include a solid, strong frame, an aggressive playing style, some good quickness off the snap and good closing speed.
Brugler also says Bequette has good run-recognition awareness, a terrific motor and a nice collegiate resume as a team leader and productive four-year starter.
On the other hand, Brugler asserts that Bequette is average athletically with tight hips, lacks a good burst and is limited in regard to strength.
For an interesting read on Bequette regarding his compelling road to the University of Arkansas and the pedigree of success his family had instilled there prior to his arrival in Fayetteville, check out this article from arkansassports360.com.
When the most glowing compliments paid you by NFL scouts and draft experts contain phrases like "some good quickness" or "nice collegiate resume as a team leader," chances are the player's ceiling isn't out of arm's reach. That seems to be the case with Bequette—while he should be solid as a run defender, there are concerns about his "average" athleticism, the absence of a burst and limited strength.
The good news is the New England Patriots got a hard worker with a good head on his shoulders, but it generally takes more than that to make an impact in the NFL.