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Patriots Draft Picks 2016: New England Selects Eastern Illinois LB/S Kamu Grugier-Hill with the 208th Pick in the Sixth Round

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The Patriots have added a big bodied special teamer in the late rounds!

The New England Patriots have selected Eastern Illinois linebacker/safety Kamu Grugier-Hill as the 208th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

It's important to remember that the Patriots treat the 6th and 7th rounds as means to obtain preferred free agents. Grugier-Hill comes from the same school as Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and he's an athletic freak.

Grugier-Hill measures in at 6'2, 210 lbs and runs a 4.45 40 yard dash and 6.89 3 cone, and owns a 38.5 inch vertical and 10'9 broad jump.

He likely projects to be a pure special teams player, a la Nate Ebner and Brandon King, but he was actually a successful linebacker in college. He was First Team all conference for two straight seasons. He led the team in tackles as a junior, while also adding 9.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions. He added 6.5 sacks in his senior season, showing a nose for the big play.

Will Grugier-Hill even make the team? That remains to be seen. But at least he's a fun prospect to root for.