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: Tyler Sash, Iowa
“The Sash-quatch”, as he is known in Iowa, would instantly become a fan favorite in New England. He is an athletic specimen that will make huge plays on special teams – blocking kicks, creating fumbles, big hits, and more.
That said, he is a bit limited in his back-pedal and other technical aspects of the coverage game. He has great instincts though, and we’re cautiously optimistic that he could develop into a great 3rd safety prospect in the NFL. Sash is probably a borderline Top-100 guy at this point and would be a great value at pick 125.
Snooze: Mana Silva, Hawaii
Silva recently met with the Patriots, who had to be impressed with his incredible Pro Day (4.4 / 40″ vertical / 23 Reps) and eight interceptions as a senior. Silva will likely be a 6th or 7th rounder, where the Patriots could look to add a developmental safety.
Refuse: Will Hill, Florida
We all know of Coach Belichick’s affinity for Florida Gators, but we expect that love to only run so far. Hill has some distinct off-the-field problems while not having much of an impact on the field. Not a great combination.
If the Patriots are going to draft any Florida DB, we’d expect it to be Ahmad Black.
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