The Patriots selected Anfernee Jennings with the 87th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and the University of Alabama product seems as if he'll fit in quite well in New England.
He's drawn comparison to former Patriot Kyle Van Noy and has been lauded for his hard work on and off the field at Alabama.
Jennings suffered a brutal knee injury in 2018 and could've ended up losing his left leg after a blood clot and artery damage was discovered. With a successful surgery and rehab, he came back stronger than ever.
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Jennings has been through quite a lot in his college career and the linebacker discussed his ability to overcome adversity in a conference call on Saturday.
"First, I want to just start off by saying thank you to the New England organization, to the Pats. I really appreciate it and I'm glad to be here," Jennings said. "The last two years, I learned a lot about patience and working hard and dealing with adversity and know that you can overcome anything you put your mind to and work at. As you know, my history and you know what type of player I am. I just look forward to taking on this challenge and looking forward to being in Foxboro."
The Patriots strive to select some pretty mature players and Jennings appears to be no exception. He earned two degrees while at Alabama and has a young son who he said drives him to be the best version of himself.
It's another Alabama connection for the Patriots. He'll join Dont'a Hightower in the New England linebacker corps and he's the sixth player that Bill Belichick's friend Nick Saban has coached with the Crimson Tide that the Pats have drafted. Belichick has drafted 10 Saban-coached players overall, three from LSU and one from Michigan State.