NFL Draft 2011: New England Patriots Mock Watch with No. 17 Overall Selection
NFL Draft 2011 Analysts Torn Between Offense and Defense New England Patriots’ First Pick
Everyone is wondering if New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will actually use both of his first round picks. For now, the Patriots are still locked into the No. 17 overall selection, and it’s time to figure out what everyone thinks the mastermind Belichick will concoct come draft day.
Among the mockers are ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, CBS Sports’ Rob Rang and Chad Reuter, Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager, NFL Network and NFL.com’s Charles Davis, Steve Wyche, Pat Kirwan and Bucky Brooks, Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks and Rotoworld’s Evan Silva.
With the No. 17 overall selection, let’s see what our respected analysts have drawn up for the New England Patriots:
Kiper, April 6: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
McShay, April 6: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
Rang, April 4: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
Reuter, April 4: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Schrager, April 2: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Davis, April 3: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Wyche, March 31: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Kirwan, March 31: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
Brooks, April 5: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Banks, March 30: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
Silva, March 28: Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona
My take, April 3: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
I don’t believe we’ve seen analysts this torn with the Patriots’ selection. Although the majority is defense, analysts are now starting to turn to offense as I’ve recently discussed. Four analysts have picked an offensive player, with three looking to the offensive line. Perhaps they believe Logan Mankins could be traded?
The majority and I are still sticking to defense. We all agree, at least, that Belichick will be looking for a versatile pass rusher. As it stands now, Cameron Jordan is winning the race and would be an excellent fit for New England as he is one of the most NFL-ready prospects of the class.
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