New England Patriots

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 03: Anfernee Jennings #33 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates sacking Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers in the second quarter of their game at Tiger Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Patriots double-dipped at linebacker on Friday, selecting Anfernee Jennings out of Alabama with the 87th pick.

Jennings follows up Josh Uche out of Michigan, also a linebacker, as the Patriots’ second pick at the position and third on defense in as many selections. Bill Belichick kicked off the Patriots’ picks with safety Kyle Dugger out of Division-II Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Jennings’ draft profile at compares him to a former Patriot: Kyle Van Noy. He’ll have a chance to contribute early on as an outside linebacker in 3-4 looks.

Here’s some of Lance Zierlein’s strengths and weaknesses for Jennings…


Honored as one of four permanent team captains in 2019
Played plenty of football and shows good recognition skills
Usually gets the best of tight ends as edge-setter
Generates some push with long-arm bull-rush


Face-up rusher with fairly rigid approach
Doesn’t create enough indecisiveness with tackles
Inconsistent hustle from the backside
Leggy strider with below-average lateral agility

Jennings obviously comes from as good of a program as college can offer. The Belichick-Nick Saban connection is undeniable. Boil it all down, and there’s reason to be confident in Belichick drafting a linebacker out of Alabama.

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