FOXBORO -- The Patriots continued to restock their front seven on defense Friday when they selected defensive end Jake Bequette out of Arkansas in the third round.
Earlier in the evening, the Patriots traded their second second-round pick (62nd overall) to the Packers in exchange for a third-round pick (90th) overall and a fifth-rounder. The Patriots decided to take Bequette with that pick after taking safety Tavon Wilson with their first second-round selection earlier in the evening.
Bequette started all 13 games for the Razorbacks and was a second-team All-SEC selection by the AP and coaches. He finished the season with 32 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and a career-high seven sacks, and tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries. His team-leading sack total tied for fifth in the SEC and is tied for the eighth-highest single-season total in Arkansas history.
He recorded one sack in four straight games, beginning vs. Louisiana-Monroe and continuing through the Texas A&M contest. Bequette made a season-high six tackles, including 1.0 sack, forced one fumble and had one pass breakup in Arkansas' 38-24 win vs. Ole Miss. He made three tackles, 1.5 for loss, one sack and forced one fumble in Arkansas' 31-7 victory against Louisiana-Monroe. He made five tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack, and had one pass breakup in the Razorbacks' 24-17 win vs. Texas A&M.
He also made one tackle in the Razorbacks' 41-20 win at No. 18 South Carolina and contributed one quarterback hurry in UA's 49-14 win vs. Vanderbilt. He made two tackles, including one sack, and recorded one quarterback hurry in UA's 58-21 win vs. UTEP. He recorded four tackles, including 1.0 sack, in Arkansas' 38-31 double-overtime win at No. 22 Mississippi State. He recorded one tackle and one quarterback hurry in Arkansas' 31-23 win vs. No. 6 LSU.