Editor’s Note: With the end of minicamp and OTAs in Foxboro, All22.com is preparing for coverage of New England Patriots training camp at Gillette Stadium, beginning the final week of July. This weekend, we kick off with a peek at 10 potential long shots to make the team. This is the fourth of 10.
Rookie LB Harvey Langi, BYU: 6-foot-2, 252 pounds
Why he’ll make it: The New England Patriots are a “promised land” for a good, young inside linebacker. Where is the competition in this group? Outside of Dont’a Hightower, it just doesn’t exist. Elandon Roberts is limited. Kyle Van Noy and Shea McClellin can be deemed JAGs (Just Another Guy). There is opportunity across the board.
Why he won’t: Harvey Langi was turned loose and freelanced an awful lot at BYU. He was a monster playmaker because of it. Can he adjust to Matt Patricia’s stay-at-home, responsibility-first, defensive schemes?
Fun fact: Langi started his college career as a running back at Utah.
Prognosis: Langi shows up on film, repeatedly, often for the good but also, at times, for the bad. If he can limit the guessing and simply rely on instinct, the Patriots could have themselves a player.
If Patriots strike gold: Langi is still learning the position, which means there is plenty of room to grow. To me, I get the feeling this guy will make plays. Is he another late-blooming type, a la Tedy Bruschi?