2011 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds for the New England Patriots
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Vandervelde has great technique.
Most importantly, he is a leader and has a very high football IQ on and off the field.