Patriots

Pats trade up in sixth for UCLA tackle Conor McDermott

Pats trade up in sixth for UCLA tackle Conor McDermott

FOXBORO -- The Patriots traded up to make their fourth selection of the 2017 draft, grabbing UCLA tackle Conor McDermott with the 28th pick of the sixth round (No. 211 overall). 

The Patriots were slated to pick at No. 216 prior to the trade, but they shipped their only remaining pick (No. 239 in the seventh round) to the Cowboys to move up five spots. 

Now 6-foot-8, McDermott arrived at UCLA as a 235-pound tight end and consistently added weight throughout his career to get to the 315 he currently weighs. In that respect, he shares a similar story to new teammate Nate Solder, who also went to college (Colorado) as a tight end before filling out his frame and moving to tackle. 

Though McDermott drew pre-draft praise for his size and athleticism, but there are questions about his strength. NFL.com quoted an AFC scout as saying McDermott was “just not strong enough to play in our league” during the pre-draft process. 

One instance of that lack of strength came in UCLA's season-opener against Texas A&M. In that game, McDermott was pushed around by eventual first overall pick Myles Garrett, who registered a season-best 11 QB pressures.

As he discussed in a conference call following his selection, McDermott was named Tennessee's Division II-AA Mr. Basketball his senior year of high school. He admitted that he thought his future might have been in basketball before football became his priority. 

"Growing up, I was more of basketball player," he said. "I definitely thought that would be my future, but I changed to football my senior year in high school and never looked back."

McDermott is the younger brother of Vikings longsnapper Kevin McDermott. Conor said that he is able to longsnap as well, having done it in high school and in a backup capacity in college. 

The selection means the Pats split their first four selections between offensive tackles and edge defenders. They took defensive ends Derek Rivers (No. 83 overall) and Deatrich Wise (No. 131 overall), with Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia going with the 85th pick. 
 

Ex-Pats Podcast: Patriots need to "burn the tape" after embarrassing loss to Titans

ex-pats-2018.png
File photo

Ex-Pats Podcast: Patriots need to "burn the tape" after embarrassing loss to Titans

NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Phil Perry is joined by Rob Ninkovich to break down the Patriots 34-10 Week 10 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

2:51 - "This is the worst loss in November under Bill Belichick." Phil observes that the Patriots seemed confused in the locker room after the tough loss to the Titans.

4:12 - Rob Ninkovich says that the big-picture takeaway from the loss is that the Patriots "got their ass kicked" and that they need to "take that whole day and bury it."

7:09 - Phil wonders if this team has a problem with focus based on their poor performance on the road throughout the season. Nink makes some suggestions for what the Patriots can do to mix it up and what the defense needs to do differently to get better results.

15:38 - "Did the inside knowledge the Titans had of the Patriots on their calls on the offensive line have an impact?"

22:46 - Phil and Nink discuss what Josh Gordon has brought to the team and if he's figured out the Patriots offense yet.

26:39 - Nink breaks down the failures of the Patriots defense, including the shortcomings of the pass rush and the tough day Stephon Gilmore had in the secondary.

36:25 - Ninkovich on Dion Lewis' postgame comments: "That's bulletin board material if they play the Titans again."

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

Phil Perry's report card for Pats Week 10 loss to the Titans

Phil Perry's report card for Pats Week 10 loss to the Titans

Phil Perry gives his grades for the Patriots embarrassing 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE