2011 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds for the New England Patriots

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IMarch 2, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds for the New England Patriots

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots stands on the field during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa
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    The New England Patriots had a very good season last year going 14-2. However, they did not go very far in the playoffs.

    The Patriots do not have very many needs for the NFL Draft, but it never hurts to upgrade. Plus, they can get some really good players, having nine picks in this year's draft. 

    With this said, a team can always get better, and that is exactly what the Patriots will do with the additions of players in the 2011 NFL Draft.

1st Round: DE Aldon Smith, Missouri

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Jordan Webb #2 of the Kansas Jayhawks is sacked by Aldon Smith #85 of the Missouri Tigers during the game on November 27, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Aldon Smith is a very good pass rusher, and when he is not taking down the quarterback, he will affect passing lanes due to his very big and lengthy body.

    Aldon is very good at making plays in the backfield.

    Adding some bulk in the next level will make Smith even better in the NFL. 

1st Round: DT Corey Liuget, Illinois

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    Corey Liuget already possesses a great amount of size that any NFL team would love. 

    He has a lot of potential, great athleticism, and a disruptive style of play.

    Liuget is best when he gets into the opponents' backfield and causes problems for the quarterback. 

2nd Round: OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State

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    The New England Patriots are known for their passing game, therefore they need to get younger on the line to protect Tom Brady.

    Sherrod is a very good athlete for his position and has great movement, making him a great pass and run blocker. 

    With this said, he needs to put on some weight to be a complete package in the NFL. 

2nd Round: DE Sam Acho, Texas

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 04:  Quarterback Taylor McHargue #16 of the Rice Owls loses the ball after he is sacked by defensive end Sam Acho #81 of the Texas Longhorns at Reliant Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Texas recovered the fumble and scor
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    Sam Acho will provide a lot to an already very young defense of the New England Patriots. 

    Acho is a great athlete with above average speed for his position. Therefore, he is a great ball rusher and an even better tackler. 

    Acho does not have very good hands, but, at his position, all he has to do is deflect passes, not catch them. 

3rd Round: OL Clint Boling, Georgia

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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Clint Boling #60 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Boiling is very versatile from having played all four offensive lineman positions in college. 

    He also has great size with room to grow. 

3rd Round: SS Ahmad Black, Florida

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    GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Stephen Garcia #5 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes against Ahmad Black #35 of the Florida Gators during a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Gainesville, Florida. The Gamecocks beat the Gators 36
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    Black has great speed for his position, and although he only stands at 5'5", he is very physical, which helps him with tackling.

    Although Black is capable of playing man-to-man, he is much better in a zone-type defense.

4th Round: RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  DeMarco Murray #7 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the football to score a touchdown in the first quarter against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in G
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    DeMarco Murray has great speed, size, and he finishes his runs strong. 

    Murray is very good in every aspect except for his size (207 lbs). However, if he can bulk up, he should have no problem. 

5th Round: DE Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma

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    NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Graham Harrell #6 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders is tackled by Jeremy Beal #44 of the Oklahoma Sooners at Memorial Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Jeremy Beal is a defensive lineman who puts a lot of pressure on quarterbacks. Beal has great size, bulk, and is dominant at pass rushing.

6th Round: OG Julian Vandervelde, Iowa

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    Vandervelde has great technique.

    Most importantly, he is a leader and has a very high football IQ on and off the field.