This is a dream mock draft for the Patriots. Some of these guys may be available some won't. This is a mostly defense heavy draft for the Pats, since we can all agree that was a weak link for them last year. If the Pats make a splash in free agency and sign a Julius Peppers or trade for a Brandon Marshall this draft will change considerably. These possibilities are highly unlikely but with three 2nd round draft picks the Patriots might be able to swing a deal for an experienced veteran. I'd like to hear what all of you Patriot fans would like to see in the draft also. These next two drafts are very important for this franchise. We had a ton of picks this year and two first rounders next year.
I'd like to see the defense get younger and quicker and Jerry Hughes could be the answer. The 6 ft 3 in 257 lb DE/OLB pass rushing specialist can fill the hole left by Richard Seymour. He will probably move to OLB due to his size, but pairing him with Jerod Mayo would see the Patriots line backing corp. move back to where it used to be. He recorded 11.5 sacks last season and his career totals now include 28.5 sacks, 139 total tackles, 39 tackles-for-loss and 7 forced fumbles. He is projected to go in the late 1st round/ early 2nd round. If Bill Belichick feels he will be there in the 2nd round he made trade down like last year and secure more future picks.
Another prospect that might be available is Brandon Graham a DE/OLB from Michigan. A move for him will mostly likely be made in the early to middle 1st round as his draft stock is a bona fide 1st rounder. If Belichick could find a way to get Hughes and Graham what a great first step in rebuilding the D.
I know that the Patriots drafted a few defensive tackles last year with Ron Brace, and Myron Pryor, but you can never have enough depth at DT, especially if this franchise tag debacle with Vince Wilfork causes him to leave town next year if a new deal isn’t worked out. Jared Odrick is a 6’5 301lb DT from Penn St. Can play tackle in a 4-3 or nose tackle in the 3-4, slated to go mid 1st round mid 2nd round. Odrick totaled 104 tackles and 14 sacks at Penn St. over four years.
If Brandon Spikes is also available in this spot and Odrick isn’t I’m sure the Patriots front office will give him a look too. He does have some maturity issues but the potential is great for this linebacker from Florida. He is projected to go anywhere from late 1st to early 3rd round.
The other week spot on the defensive side of the ball for the Patriots was their secondary. Kyle Wilson from Boise State could make an immediate impact. He has draw comparisons to Dre’ Bly and has cemented his stock as a top 100 prospect after his senior season. He is 5’10 and has totaled 159 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 11 interceptions while at Boise State.
If Wilson isn’t on the board at this stage of the 2nd round the Patriots should look in the direction of Patrick Robinson from Florida St. Slightly bigger than Wilson at 5’11 and 193lb. Robinson had a solid career for Bobby Bowden and he made 110 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and 7 interceptions.
After addressing the defense with their first 3 picks the Patriots may want to give their receiving corp. a look in the form of Jordan Shipley. This may be a little high for Shipley but he does have a draft stock of early 2nd but could end up going in the 2-4 rounds. Tom Brady has weapons all around him and one more can’t hurt. Shipley was McCoy’s favorite target at Texas. He had career stats of 248 receptions, 3191 yards, and 33 touchdowns. Last season he had a Welker like 116 receptions, 1484 yards and 13 touchdowns. He can also help in the kicking game. The Patriots could pass if they feel that Brandon Tate is ready to contribute but Shipley is worth a look.
If the Patriots are looking for big receivers then Carlton Mitchell and Mike Williams could be reaches in the late 2nd round.
In Round 4 the Patriots could go in a number of different directions RB, TE, LB, WR. I’d like to see them purse WR Eric Decker out of Minnesota. A need at tight end might be more important if Benjamin Watson does end up leaving via Free Agency. Ben Tate and LeGarrette Blount might be options at RB if the Patriots feel Blount has matured after his early season problems with the Ducks. Eric Norwood would be a steal in the 4th if still available; the OLB from South Carolina might have to make the change to ILB to get playing time. As for tight end prospects Tony Moeaki has battled so injuries but is still the 7th ranked tight end in this years draft.
The Patriots barring any deals won’t have any picks until the 6th round and Danario Alexander may be a project WR that the Patriots should look into drafting with the hopes of taking over for Randy Moss in the next two years. Danario has the height at 6’5 to be a possession receiver in this offense and cause problems for opposing secondaries. He is projected to go in the 5-6 round but due to his recent knee injury he might not get picked either way the team should give him a serious look. Shawn Lauvao might be a option for the team at Shawn Lauvao and could get some playing time much like Sebastian Vollmer did this season. He is 6’2 315lb. and benched 225 33 times at the combine.
With the last two picks of the 7th round the Patriots should give Penn St. ILB Josh Hull and look to solidify their linebacking corp. and maybe try and pick up John Skelton or a Sean Canfield, two big quarterbacks to provide some depth for Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer.
I know that alot of these players could be gone but like I said its a dream draft. I want to here what you want the Patriots front office to do so leave some comments. Thanks.
Jerry Hughes: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=76844&draftyear=2010&genpos=OLB
Brandon Graham: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=65240&draftyear=2010&genpos=DE
Jared Odrick: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=66044&draftyear=2010&genpos=DT
Brandon Spikes: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=66482&draftyear=2010&genpos=ILB
Kyle Wilson: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=68129&draftyear=2010&genpos=CB
Patrick Robinson: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=66264&draftyear=2010&genpos=CB
Jordan Shipley: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=33737&draftyear=2010&genpos=WR
Carlton Mitchell: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=65932&draftyear=2010&genpos=WR
Mike Williams: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=67973&draftyear=2010&genpos=WR
Eric Decker: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=76077&draftyear=2010&genpos=WR
Ben Tate: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=66552&draftyear=2010&genpos=RB
LaGarrette Blount: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=81967&draftyear=2010&genpos=RB
Eric Norwood: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=66032&draftyear=2010&genpos=OLB
Tony Moeaki: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=56695&draftyear=2010&genpos=TE
Danario Alexander: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=75582&draftyear=2010&genpos=WR
Shawn Lauvao: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=79212&draftyear=2010&genpos=OG
Josh Hull: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=77220&draftyear=2010&genpos=ILB
John Skelton: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=81197&draftyear=2010&genpos=QB
Sean Canfield: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=56916&draftyear=2010&genpos=QB