I am conducting a mock draft on what I think that the New England Patriots will do in this year's draft. I will be going through every pick that the Patriots possess.
DE/OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU.
Hughes is a quick defensive end who will probably move to outside linebacker in a linebacking core that needs a LOT of help. It was either him or Brandon Graham from Michigan but I decided to go with the Lott Trophy award winner.
RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford.
This would be a GREAT pick especially since New England needs a running back. Gerhart is a bit of a thumper but with decent speed. He would fit their offense of running back by committee, also. Say goodbye to Laurence Maroney.
OG Mike Iupati, Idaho.
Iupati is an underrated guard on an underrated team who will probably shine at the combine. He is one of the strongest offensive linemen that I have EVER seen in my entire life.
DE/OLB George Selvie, South Florida (USF).
Yeah, I know what you're thinking: "Why two linebackers in the first two rounds?" But as I once said before, this linebacking core needs a LOT of help and Selvie won't be the last linebacker taken, either, for that matter.
WR Eric Decker, Minnesota.
What can I say? A great possession receiver. He reminds me a lot of a young Wes Welker and he would help New England from Day One.
WR/CB/KR/PR LeRoy Vann, Florida A&M.
Vann would be like Slater. But could actually bring kicks FARTHER than the twenty.
LB Phillip Dillard, Nebraska.
I told ya' that Selvie wasn't the going to be last! Now, Dillard may have trouble going over to the 3-4 on such short notice. But, if New England is successful, it will be well worth it. Granted that he played linebacker and Suh played line but Dillard had more total tackles than Ndamukong Suh, himself.
WR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati.
This has a far off chance of happening. But it would be great if it did.