Elandon Roberts (born April 22, 1994) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at University of Houston. [2] He was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. [3]

Early years

Roberts attended Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas. He was a member of both the football team and the track and field team.

College career

Roberts played college football for Morgan State as a freshman linebacker in 2012. Roberts finished the season with 107 tackles to lead team and finish second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) while at Morgan State University which competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The 107 tackle total marked the second-best single-season effort in program history, and Roberts also had nine tackles for a loss, two sacks, one interception, and two pass breakups as well. Roberts was named to the All-MEAC second team in 2012 and finished 11th in the Jerry Rice Award, given to the nation's top freshman on the FCS level. Roberts was also named the MEAC Rookie of the Week three times. [2]

After his freshman season, Roberts transferred to play football at University of Houston from 2013 - 2015. In 2013, he saw action in eight games as a backup linebacker. As a junior in 2014, Roberts appeared in 12 games as a linebacker and on special teams. As a senior in 2015, Roberts was a team captain and had 142 total tackles which was good enough to lead the American Conference and place him fourth in the nation. However, his 88 solo tackles led all of the FBS.

Professional career

Roberts was not invited to the NFL Combine but played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in California, starting at middle linebacker.

After performing at Houston's Pro Day on March 24, 2016, Roberts said, "the team that pulls the trigger on me is getting the best linebacker in the draft," and that "the team that takes me is definitely getting a steal. When they get that, I'm going to the Super Bowl and be a Hall of Famer. I feel like I'm the best inside linebacker in college football. I feel like I raised some eyebrows." [7]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 3 8 in
(1.81 m)
234 lb
(106 kg)
4.60 s 1.67 s 2.64 s 4.26 s 7.20 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
25 reps
All values from Houston Pro Day, all other values from Pro Day, [8] [7]

The New England Patriots selected Roberts in the sixth round (214th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He made his first NFL start on October 16, 2016 against the Bengals and tied for second highest tackles on the team with seven in the win. In Week 16 against the Jets, Roberts led the team with 11 tackles including a forced fumble recovered by Malcolm Butler. On February 5, 2017, Roberts was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, he recorded two tackles as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime. [9] [10] The Patriots trailed 28–3 in the third quarter, but rallied all the way back to win the game which featured the first overtime game in Super Bowl history and the largest comeback in the Super Bowl. [11] [2]

Roberts entered the 2017 as one of the Patriots' starting linebackers. He recorded his first two career sacks in a Week 12 win over the Dolphins.

Personal life

Roberts has three siblings. His older brother, Eli Roberts, graduated from Sam Houston State University with a major in Criminal Justice. His older sister, Elexsia Roberts, graduated from Wiley College in Education. Younger Sister Elondria Roberts is a current student at Lamar University in Beaumont. His cousins Jeremiah played football at Iowa and his cousin Calvin played football at Oklahoma State. [2] [2]