While we have our own 2011 NFL Mock Draft for you rabid Patriots fans to peruse, it’s always good to get a second, or 3rd-6th, opinion.
We compiled a short list of five of our favorite mock drafts out there for you to check out. Read what they have to say about each of their first choices after the jump.
Patriots 1A (Oak)
|Draft Countdown||Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue||Cam Heyward, DE, OSU|
|Draft Breakdown||J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin||Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama|
|Walter Football||Tyron Smith, OT, USC||Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia|
|ESPN.com (Kiper)||Cam Jordan, DE, Cal||Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland|
|Draft Ace||Marcel Dareus, DE, Alabama||Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pitt|
DraftCountdown.com on Kerrigan – Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan may not possess elite size, speed or athleticism but he’s just a terrific football player with a non-stop motor who finds a way to get the job done and that will endear him to a franchise like New England.
DraftBreakdown.com on Watt – Great pass-rusher who lives in offenses’ backfields and will add another dominant defensive lineman to New England’s repertoire. He may just have an impact similar to McCourty’s in 2010.
WalterFootball.com on Smith – Highly athletic at only 290 pounds, Smith has the frame to put on a lot of bulk (he’s rumored to be 305 right now). He shut down the impressive Cameron Jordan in their matchup this season.
Kiper on Jordan – A defensive end with the versatility to play either the 4-3 or the 3-4, his experience at the 3-4 at Cal makes him an ideal kind of Bill Belichick player. Smart, versatile and able to help the team in that role early.
DraftAce.com on Dareus – Marcel Dareus should be high on their list due to his experience in the 3-4 system at Alabama. He has the potential to start from day one opposite Ty Warren.