Ted Karras was taken No. 221 by the Patriots. (Matthew O’Haren/USA Today Sports)
FOXBORO — With No. 221 overall and the last pick in the sixth round, the Patriots selected Illinois guard Ted Karras.
Here are three incredibly thoughts.
1. Standing 6-foot-3, Karras started all four years at Illinois at right guard, although he missed the final four games of his junior season with a torn left ACL and MCL. He did bounce back and played all 12 games during his senior season. He was honorable mention All-Big Ten in both 2014 and 2015.
2. Karras comes from a football family as seven members of his family have played Big Ten football and four of them went on to the NFL. The biggest name is the late Pro Bowler Alex Karras, who is Ted’s great uncle. He then went on to star in the TV show “Webster.”
3. He has a unique superstition where instead of listening to music pregame, he pours two large bottles of water over his head and then yells like a Viking, according to a 2015 ESPN story.
“I’m definitely calmer now,” Karras said, without a hint of irony. “I would get so amped up before, I would get so nervous, and I wouldn’t perform as well in the first quarter. I’d just come out and try to kill someone on a block and completely miss.”
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