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2011 NFL Draft: TCU's Marcus Cannon Picked 138th Overall To New England Patriots

TCU offensive tackle Marcus Cannon was finally selected by the New England Patriots in the fifth round. This is a good spot for Cannon to land because he will not be asked to play right away, which is obvious anyways due to his lymphoma. Being with the Patriots will allow him to learn and get healthy before being asked to play in their system.

Prior to finding out about his lymphoma, Cannon was considered a second round prospect. This could be a steal for the Patriots if Cannon does recover.

Here is Cannon's scouting report from


Cannon is mammoth right tackle with quick feet for his size. Plays with wide base and good balance. Dominates opponents in the running game and uses his hands to lock out edge rushers in pass protection. Athletic enough to make blocks in the second level. Flashes a mean streak and finishes blocks.

Lacks the lateral agility to consistently block faster edge rushers at the next level. Does not deliver a good shot on contact despite his strength. Gets confused by stunts and blitzes and misses assignments. Takes too many false start penalties. There are concerns about his conditioning and he must keep his weight down.

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