If the Patriots are looking to address the outside linebacker this draft, Clint Sintim will certainly be a name to watch. Sintim played outside lineback for Al Groh, who worked under both Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells, in the 3-4 system at Virginia.
In four years at Virginia, Sintim totaled 246 tackles and 26 sacks, 19 of which came in his final two years. At 6-3, 254, Sintim looks to be a very effective edge rusher in the 3-4 at the next level. He has good strength, long arms, can shed blocks, as well as stand up blockers at the line. He shows good quickness rushing the passer, and is a good tackler with excellent strength.
He doesn’t have many negatives. However, there have been some questions about his effectiveness in pass coverage, as he wasn’t asked to do a lot in that area in his time in Virginia. He could also needs improvement shedding some blocks along the edge.
Sintim would likely make an excellent fit for the Patriots. Like Mike Vrabel and Adalius Thomas, he can put his hand down to rush the passer on third downs. At 23rd overall, Sintim would be a solid pick. Keep in mind, Belichick isn’t afraid to “reach” if he thinks the prospect is right. See: Jerod Mayo, 2008 or Brandon Meriweather, 2007.
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