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Cameron McGrone will play for Bill Belichick.
The former Michigan football linebacker was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday, becoming the fifth Wolverine taken in this year's draft.
McGrone declared for the draft in late December after his third season in Ann Arbor. His college career was brief — McGrone redshirted and did not play as a true freshman and appeared in just five games in 2020 due to a season-ending injury and the shortened schedule.
In between those years, he put together a breakthrough 2019 campaign, taking over as Michigan's starting middle linebacker and tallying 65 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. The former four-star recruit showed he could cover plenty of ground with his speed and burst and make impact plays.
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He was expected to have a big 2020 season as a redshirt sophomore, but the defense struggled as a unit and McGrone tore an ACL at Rutgers. That injury also limited him at Michigan's pro day, where McGrone measured in at 6 -feet, 234 pounds and did 20 reps on the bench press.
Entering the draft, McGrone was mostly projected as a Day 3 pick.
"McGrone plays with a naturally physical demeanor and carries heavy pads as a body-on-body tackler," wrote NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "He has the skill and strength to make the plays that are in front of him, but he tends to play the game through a straw, limiting his field recognition and ability to play with efficiency against play-action and misdirection.
"There isn't enough good tape to suggest he can be a factor on passing downs, but he has the talent to be an early down backup who could move up the ranks."
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan LB Cameron McGrone picked by Patriots in Round 5 of NFL draft