The Patriots certainly have their well-worn systems in all three phases of the game, but they're not averse to straying from their ideal body types at positions.
This year's draft is just the latest example.
Second-round pick JoshUche is an undersized end at a position where the Patriots have traditionally favored brawn over speed.
Dalton Keene, a third-round pick, may spend more time roaming the backfield than with his hand in the ground at tight end.
Sixth-round linebacker CasshMaluia doesn't even stand 6 feet tall.
And MichaelOnwenu, taken with the first of three sixth-round picks, is an enormous (6-3, 350 pounds) player who can tussle in a phone booth at a position, guard, where the Patriots have traditionally sided with athletic players who can scoot down the field.
LoganMankins was a country-strong brawler, but largely the Patriots have found most of their success at guard with players like Shaq Mason, Joe Thuney, Damien Woody, Tre' Jackson, Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell — most of whom were considered a little undersized and the Patriots, in turn, played to their athletic ability.
By drafting Onwenu (No. 50 for Michigan), the Patriots are going completely against their normal type. Will it work? It's going to be an uphill battle.