New England Patriots' 2009 Mock Draft: Draft-Day Trade: v. 2.0

Andrew CahillSenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 8:  Rey Maualuga #58 of the USC Trojans lines up against the California Bears on November 8, 2008 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 17-3.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

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Before you begin to read, just take a moment to take in this picture, and notice the intensity shown on Rey Maualuga's face.

Now, imagine he is wearing a Patriots uniform.

Pretty motivating, is it not?

With this Patriots Mock Draft, I will focus on their first seven picks in the draft this year. 

Generally, teams have seven picks since there are seven rounds, and each team has one pick per round. With trades and compensatory picks, however, some teams end up with more. 

The Patriots received three compensatory picks, as well as traded for two, but traded one away for Greg Lewis. This makes the count eleven picks in this years draft.

For your information, teams can not trade compensatory picks.

I was inspired to put together this Mock Draft by the discussions following my article, "New England Patriots' Draft Day Moves: Their Not Too Old, Just Inexperienced."

In the article, I explored the potential of a day-one trade with Denver, which would move the Patriots up to the 12th pick in the draft. 

The intent would be to maximize the talent they select, vice the number of players.

Before you criticize the idea, be sure you have read the aforementioned article.

 

A.) Mock with trade (ILB priority):

Round One, (From Denver): Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC

The Patriots could be eyeing Maualuga to play beside Jerod Mayo, since Tedy Bruschi is close to retirement. If Maualuga is still available with the 12th pick, they may trade with Josh McDaniels' Broncos. 

The 23rd, and 58th pick of this years draft would be going to Denver, in exchange for the 12th pick, and the Broncos' third round pick in 2010.

Maualuga suffered an apparent hamstring injury at the combine, but he is an excellent player who has proven he can stuff the run, pass rush, and drop in pass coverage very well. 

 

Round One, (To Denver)

Do you think Rey Maualuga will slip to this selection? He might, but not likely.  Keep this in mind as we further explore possibilities.

 

Round Two, Connor Barwin, DE/OLB, Cincinnati

Barwin ran a sub-4.5 40-yard dash during his pro-day. There is some thought that he will no longer be available at the 34th pick because of his recent outstanding performance. 

Barwin is my favorite player for the Patriots in the draft. He transitioned to Defensive End from Tight End his senior year at Cincinnati.

Connor is a complete physical specimen who will be an excellent addition, but is considered a risk from being too raw at his position.

 

Round Two, Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

Even with the trade for Greg Lewis, and the signing of Joey Galloway, I am not satisfied with the Patriots receiving corps. They currently have six receivers on the depth-chart, but the bottom two (Aiken and Slater) I question.

Britt is not the fastest receiver, but he is tall and tough. He has a more Larry Fitzgerald look to his play, than a Randy Moss, though at neither level.

Round Two, (To Denver)

 

Round Three, Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers

I have pondered the Patriots drafting a safety for awhile, and I do like Louis Delmas. If they do draft a safety that isn't Louis Delmas, it should be Greene, as he is a solid tackler, and hitter.

 

Round Three, Kraig Urbick, OL, Wisconsin

Urbick is a big lineman.  He is 6'5", and 328 pounds. He is smart player who could add depth to the offensive line who could play right tackle, or guard.

 

Round Four, Cedric Peerman, RB, Virginia

Peerman is a player who I would compare to Kevin Faulk, in terms of how he would be utilized.  He is small, but sturdy, and quick.  He has good hands, and blocks well.  

Cedric would be a quality addition to older running staff, who can also contribute on special teams returning punts, and kickoffs, that would be a replacement third-down back when Faulke retires.

 

B.) Mock with trade (OLB priority)

Round One, (From Denver): Clay Matthews, OLB, USC

If the Patriots find that OLB has the priority, the may follow the same idea with Clay Matthews.  He is a hybrid of pass rushing ability, smart play, and coverage ability.

Clay would be an excellent pick up, but with this course they would likely lose out on Rey Maualuga, and Connor Barwin.  They might be ok with this though.

 

Round One, (To Denver)

 

Round Two, James Laurinaitis, ILB, OSU

The draw back in Laurinaitis is his upper body strength. He could struggle to disengage blocks from stronger, more physical lineman in the NFL

James does have great physical ability, and plays smartly. He would be a good fit, but could stand to be stronger.

 

Round Two, Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

See above.

 

Round Two, (To Denver)

 

Round Three, Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers

See above.

 

Round Three, Kraig Urbick, OL, Wisconsin

See above.

 

Round Four, Cedric Peerman, RB, Virginia

See above.

 

C.) Mock without trade (Connor Barwin priority):

The Patriots may want to draft both Rey Maualuga, and Connor Barwin. They may also want but go with the OLB priority idea above, but they may just want Connor Barwin to play OLB.

With now maybe risking the loss of Barwin if they expect to get him with the 34th pick, they could pick him at No. 23. I base this on the thinking that another team may draft Barwin before No. 34, like the Giants, Titans, or Lions, and that they definitely want him.  

Round One, Connor Barwin, DE/OLB, Cincinnati

You may consider Barwin a risky choice at No. 23, because he is so raw at his position, but he could worth a first round pick, based on his absolute physical prowess.

You can see video footage of him at my website, "Patriot Pat's Patsies."

 

Round Two, James Laurinaitis, ILB, OSU

See above.

 

Round Two, Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

See above.

 

Round Two, Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn

Marks reminds me of Ty Warren. He could, even after this signing of Damane Duckett, come in and provide depth on the line. His stock has fallen recently due to some skepticism over inconsistency, but he would bring quickness off the line and ability to overpower blockers.

 

Round Three, Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers

See above.

 

Round Three, Kraig Urbick, OL, Wisconsin

See above.

 

Round Four, Cedric Peerman, RB, Virginia

See above.

 

D.) Mock without trade (Secondary priority/no James Laurinaitis or Connor Barwin): 

Round One, Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan

If the Patriots drafting Louis Delmas with their first pick, it would show that they are not satisfied with the secondary like some fans are, and would also be a sure indication that Rodney Harrison is done. 

Delmas would be the ideal replacement for Harrison, seeing that he has been described as "Rodney 2.0."

Louis is a giant hitter, who plays very smart, and is rarely out of position.

Is he worth a first round pick? He is if you are putting en emphasis on the secondary being top-notch, and combined with solid pass rushers like Connor Barwin or Larry English, would be a good fit.

 

Round Two, Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois

If either Connor Barwin, or James Laurinaitis are available here, then they will draft one of them, but if not, Larry English will more than suffice.

He is a fairly large player who played Defensive End Northern Illinois' 4-3 lineup, who would provide an excellent pass rush, and flexible enough to provide decent coverage at the OLB position.

 

Round Two, Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers

See above.

 

Round Two, Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn

See above.

 

Round Three, Jasper Brinkley, ILB, South Carolina

Brinkley would be a household name this year if he hadn't torn his ACL his junior year at South Carolina.

When healthy, there were few that compared to him.  He hasn't regained his full potential yet, but when he does, would be an excellent addition to play inside.

 

Round Three, Kraig Urbick, OL, Wisconsin

See above.

 

Round Four, Cedric Peerman, RB, Viriginia

See above.

 

The 2009 draft is just one month away. Time certainly flies by. It seems like only yesterday that I watched the Giants and Manning pull off an escape artist, freak-show-catch play, then proceeded to gently loft a pass over a tripping Ellis Hobbs to a now soon to be felon.

I wont lie, I cried.


Andrew Cahill is a true Boston Sports Fan.  Be sure to check out his website, "Patriot Pat's Patsies."

Sources: NFL.com, NFLDraftScout.com

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