The Patriots have addressed many of their needs, including WR, TE, OLB, and ILB. Defensive end, running back, and the offensive line still need a bit of attention, and all positions can use more depth. Here is who we see the Patriots targeting on Day Three of the NFL Draft.
Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
One of our favorite players in the draft should have been picked by now. Great return man as well as a hard-working WR. Even with Taylor Price on board, you can’t have too many good wideouts.
Everson Griffen, DE, USC / Austen Lane, DE, Murray State / Ricky Sapp, DE, Clemson
These are three tweeners that have lot of talent, but a few question marks. Griffen’s stiffness and lack of a high-end motor pushed him down the draft. Austen Lane hasn’t played the toughest competition, but had great production in the FCS. Sapp is a player with medical and production concerns. All would be 3-4 OLB’s or 4-3 DE’s.
Al Woods, DE, LSU
Woods worked out for the Patriots and could be an option for the 5-technique DE. Very stout at the POA, and has good size (6-5/310).
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech / LeGarrette Blount, RB, Orgeon
We know that Dwyer failed a drug test for an ADD medicine, and he doesn’t have much experience in a pro-style offense. Blount has some issues off the field as well. That said, in the 4th/5th round this are low-risk high-reward picks. A young, big bruising back in the mold of Corey Dillon would be great.
AJ Edds, OLB, Iowa
The Patriots already drafted Brandon Spikes to fill the ILB spot, and Jermaine Cunningham to fill the OLB spot. Edds is a guy that covers well and will be a great special-teams player.
Chris Marinelli, OT, Stanford / Kyle Calloway, OT, Iowa
Two late-round tackles that could provide depth and injury insurance for the Patriots.
Zoltan Mesko, P, Michgian / Mike Brandtner, P, Iowa State
I hope they are never used… except for holding for extra points.