In my opinion, the Patriots just found a hidden gem.
According to reports, the Patriots have signed rookie free agent BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
BenJarvus is a bruiser. At 5’11”, 220 lbs, he looks for contact. Although his stock dropped because of his 40 time, he has a good initial burst through the hole, and has some ability to make defenders miss at the second level (at a minimum, he can just plow them over!).
BenJarvus transferred to Ole Miss, where he has had back to back great seasons, going for over a 1000 yards his senior year. All indications are that BenJarvus could be a workhorse, as he led all runningbacks in bench press reps at the combine.
There are a few knocks on Green-Ellis, however. Foot speed is a question, as well as his patience coming through the hole.
This is what NFLdraftscout had to say on him:
Underrated back who might be ranked considerably higher if surrounded by more talent throughout his career. Green-Ellis lacks feel in the passing game, but otherwise is blessed with a rare combination of size, agility and acceleration. Originally signing with Indiana, Green-Ellis proved himself to be an immediate threat in the Big Ten, averaging 98 rushing yards a game against Big Ten opponents before transferring to Ole Miss, where he earned all conference honors after each of the past two seasons.
BenJarvus is a guy I’m going to be rooting for throughout training camp, and I think he has a legit shot to make the team.