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Teddy Larsen Profile Piece At Patriots.com

July 8, 2010
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If you’re like me, you’re not too thrilled to see a picture of former State star Ted Larsen suiting up for Darth Belichick and the Patriots, but ultimately you like to see former players doing well at the next level wherever they land.

And Larsen is doing what every later-round draft pick has to do to assure themselves of a roster spot: outworking everyone else. He was profiled in a piece yesterday at Patriots.com:

Ted Larsen will likely play multiple positions along the interior of the Patriot line. (Courtesy Patriots.com)

Few college centers get to hear their names called in the annual NFL draft. Even fewer centers with as little experience as Patriots sixth-round selection Ted Larsen receive the honor.

But after just two seasons as the centerpiece of the offensive line for Tom O’Brien’s North Carolina State squad, the ascending talent and former defensive tackle joins Dante Scarnecchia’s crew of lunch pail linemen in New England.

“I think he’s shown that he can play the position at a very high level of competition there in the ACC,” Bill Belichick said shortly after selecting Larsen. “He played for Coach O’Brien, who has developed a lot of offensive linemen pretty much wherever he’s been, including guys that we’ve taken from [Boston College]. I think that he’s shown that he can play at that level. He played in the Senior Bowl against other good players there.”

Interestingly, the technically raw but driven Larsen may undergo another position change as he embarks on his pro career. Opposite to what 2009 draft pick Rich Ohrnberger went through last summer switching from guard to center in New England, Larsen’s versatility may be tested again as he moves one slot out on the line.

So Larsen will continue to have to learn and work to prove himself, but if he can adjust to playing one spot down on the offensive line in the NFL as well as he transitioned from defensive lineman to center in college, he should do just fine.

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