For the next ten days, until the 2011 NFL Draft is upon us, we’ll be going over ten positions that the Patriots might look at. We’ll give you who the Patriots should choose early, late (snooze), or not at all (refuse).
Chime in with your choices in the comments section.
Choose: Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
We’ve made it very clear that Wilkerson is our #2 prospect for the Patriots at the defensive end position, right behind Marcell Dareus. We love his size, strength, 3-4 experience, and stamina.
J.J. Watt and Cameron Jordan are both pretty close to Wilkerson in our minds, but there is nobody out there that screams future Richard Seymour more than this former Temple Owl.
Snooze: Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
While it is somewhat hard to snooze on a probable top-40 pick, we wouldn’t be shocked to see the Patriots grab Clayborn at 17. Most pundits, including myself, feel that Clayborn will be at his best playing as a 4-3 DE.
That said, he showed last year that he can sacrifice his own stats to accomplish what his coach (Kirk Ferentz and d-coordinator Norm Parker) want to accomplish. Adding or subtracting a few pounds could swing Clayborn into a rich-man’s Eric Moore role, playing both 3-4 DE and 3-4 OLB.
Refuse: Terrell McClain, South Florida
McClain looks like a 1-gap player to us – without the ability to control blockers in even one-on-one situations. If the Patriots were able to get him in the range where they picked Myron Pryor (7th round), then we’d be all for it. However, McClain probably won’t make it out of day two.