While we have our own three round 2011 NFL Mock Draft for all the Patriots fans to look at, it’s always good to get a second (or sixth) opinion.
We compiled a short list of five of the most trusted 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)
|Wes Bunting (NFP)||Cam Jordan, DE, Cal||Danny Watkins, OL, Baylor|
|Draft Countdown||Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida||M.Wilkerson, DL, Temple|
|Don Banks (SI)||J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin||Danny Watkins, OL, Baylor|
|Nawrocki (PFW)||Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama||Nate Solder, OT, Colorado|
|Rob Staton (SDB)||J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin||Anthony Castonzo, OL, BC|
Bunting on Jordan:
Jordan could fall on draft day a little further than most assume. However, he’s a gifted, versatile athlete who has the ability to quickly pick up complex schemes and would be a great fit in New England.
Banks on Watt:
Given New England’s need for a 3-4 defensive end, sticking at 17 and taking the versatile Watt figures to take priority over the search for starters at both offensive line and outside linebacker.
Draft Countdown on Pouncey:
Bill Belichick has a real affinity for prospects from the Florida program and Mike Pouncey is this year’s top Gator. Even though Pouncey isn’t quite as good of a prospect as his brother was a year ago, that doesn’t mean teams aren’t clamoring for the chance to add Maurkice’s twin to their roster.
Nawrocki on drafting Ingram:
No one used a multifaceted, three-back approach last season better than Bill Belichick did, but the downside of not having a three-down featured back who does not need to leave the field is that opposing defensive coordinators are often easily tipped off to what is coming.
Staton on Watt:
Tough, productive lineman who could go higher than this. This seems like a perfect fit for New England.