Round 6 – No. 179
Jon Halapio, G
New England Patriots
Height: 6’3″ – Weight: 323 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Redshirt senior
Florida Gators guard Jon Halapio officially became a member of the New England Patriots on Monday, signing a four-year, $2.34 million rookie contract with the team.
The No. 179 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Halapio is a solid, high-intensity lineman who is known as an excellent run blocker but player that needs to improve in pass protection. He played 51 games and made 43 starts 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 while recovering from a torn pectoral.
OnlyGators.com learned the details of Halapio’s contract on Thursday. He will earn $450,775 as a rookie in 2014, including a $420,000 base salary and one-quarter of his $123,100 signing bonus, which will be paid out over the duration of his contract. His annual average salary is $585,775, and his deal maxes out at $720,775 in 2017.
“[I’m going to] just come in there and do what is asked of me from the coaches and contribute. Whether it is to be a backup or whatever my role may be, my mindset is to come up there and just start from the bottom and work hard every day and contribute to team success,” Halapio said after being drafted.
The first Florida offensive lineman drafted since 2011 and 13th former Gators player selected by the Patriots, Halapio joins first-round defensive tackle Dominique Easley on the team. New England has selected multiple Florida players in the draft three times, picking two in 2006 (Chad Jackson, Jeremy Mincey) and three in 2010 (Jermaine Cunningham, Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez).