New England Patriots

By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman,

If you’re a former collegiate athlete, you know that schmoozing with alumni can pay off in so many ways.

From one linebacker to another, these two former Purdue Boilmakers, Rosevelt Colvin and Ja’Whaun Bentley, have found a way to remain connected through all the hoopla surrounding college football and the NFL.

Colvin, a Purdue alum, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft, has found a way to stay to connected with his fellow Boilmakers throughout the years.

And guess what? The newest Patriot just so happens to be one of them.

And it just so happens that Colvin spent six on-and-off seasons with the Patriots from 2003-2008.

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During a media session with reporters last week, Bentley opened up about his connection with Colvin.

“Rosevelt, of course, obviously is an alumni of Purdue. I have great contact with a lot of guys, alumni from Purdue,” said Bentley. “So, having him reach out definitely means a lot. I keep in very close contact with a lot of them.”

Lets hope that Colvin fills him on what it’s like a be a Patriot. As in what to do and what not to do, as in the “Patriot Way.”

Bentley spent four years and 37 games prowling the field as a linebacker for Purdue, while making 272 tackles, with 29.5 of them counting for a loss. In addition to one sack and two interceptions during his time in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The Patriots drafted the 6-foot-2, 260-pound, inside-linebacker with the sixth pick in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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According to the 2018 NFL Draft – Prospects scouting report, Bentley is a “thick-framed inside linebacker with a taste for contact. His physical approach and ability to attack and defeat blockers make him an ideal candidate as a run-down thumper along the inside. However, he has athletic limitations that hinder his effectiveness as an NFL finisher and he’s ill-suited to handle coverage duties against the pass. He lacks ideal speed and reaction time, but his size and toughness could make him a solid backup inside linebacker who could find reps down the line.”

“We look for speed at linebacker so he’s probably not going to fit us, but I think he’s going to play somewhere. He’s got a lot of tape where he is just jacking guys up with his strength. He’s big, strong, and tough so he’ll stick around.” – AFC Area Scout

According to his prospect grade, he has a “better-than-average chance to make NFL roster.”

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John Hardiman is a Digital Producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for John? Hit him up on Twitter @HardiDude or e-mail him at