Round 6 – No. 179
Jon Halapio, G
New England Patriots
Height: 6’3″ – Weight: 323 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Redshirt senior
The New England Patriots went back to their Gainesville, Florida, well on Saturday, adding a former Florida Gators player for the second time in three days (and fifth time in five years) by selecting guard Jon Halapio with the No. 179 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
A solid high-intensity lineman who entered the 2013 season projected as a second-day selection, Halapio was unable to play up to his full potential due to a torn pectoral that severely hampered his movement and effectiveness. He is known as a tough and excellent run blocker who needs to improve in pass protection.
Halapio played 51 games and made 43 starts for during his career with the Gators, starting at right guard for the last seven games of 2010, all of 2011 and 2012, and the final 10 games of 2013 after missing the first two due to his pectoral injury.
He will begin his career as a reserve with the Patriots but could quickly develop into an NFL starter as his strength returns and technique improves.
Halapio is the first UF offensive lineman drafted since 2011 and 13th former Florida player selected by New England, joining first-round defensive tackle Dominique Easley in the team’s 2014 draft class.
The Patriots have selected multiple Gators in the draft three times, drafting two in 2006 (Chad Jackson, Jeremy Mincey) and three in 2010 (Jermaine Cunningham, Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez).
@Jhalapio67 pio we back together baby
— Dominique Easley (@MR_ChUcKiE_2) May 10, 2014
You thought you could run away from me @MR_ChUcKiE_2 !! Lol back to work we go. GO GATORS
— Jon Halapio (@Jhalapio67) May 10, 2014
— Audie A. Attar (@AudieAttar) May 10, 2014