Ameer Speed didn’t exactly have the greatest career with Michigan State football. He transferred to Michigan State before the 2022 season from Georgia and had an immediate impact but inconsistency was his biggest weakness.
Bill Belichick can work with that, though.
The Patriots’ head coach had to have a major say in the team’s pick at No. 214 overall as Speed was selected by New England after previously being projected as an undrafted free agent.
Speed had 62 total tackles and five pass breakups in the Spartans’ defensive backfield last season and while he had the tools to be a really good player, inconsistency held him back.
I think New England is the perfect spot for him to change that.
Former Michigan State football DB dubbed “Belichick special”
According to NFL draft expert Todd McShay after the pick, this was a typical “Bill Belichick special.”
What he means by this is that Speed has all the measurables and traits to develop into something special and he’s already an elite special teams player. He went on to say that his Pro Day at MSU is what ultimately got him drafted and he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash.
While he didn’t become the superstar that Michigan State fans were hoping for when he transferred in, he was still a good special teams player and Belichick sees that in his future.
Did I expect Speed to be selected ahead of Ben VanSumeren and in the sixth round? No, but I think he could be a solid pro and carve out a nice role in New England.