So with that in mind, it should be no real surprise that someone like Purdue linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley was on the Patriots’ radar. The only three-year captain in the history of Boilermaker football, Bentley is an unknown commodity when it comes to the NFL, but he certainly scores high when it comes to intangibles.
“I couldn’t have had a better experience coaching him,” said Purdue linebackers coach Nick Holt. “When it comes to intangibles, he gets plusses across the board. He’s a very smart, engaging young man with a lot of personality.”
Of course, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound linebacker — who was taken in the fifth round by the Patriots last month — isn’t just all about intangibles. In 37 college games, he finished with 160 solo tackles, including 29.5 for loss, as well as a sack and a pair of picks.