After a day that saw the Patriots draft a cornerback (Ras-I Dowling), two running backs (Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley), and a quarterback (Ryan Mallett), you might wonder what defensive front seven targets are there for the Patriots taking.
We’ll give you some prospects to watch out for on day three of the 2011 NFL Draft at the DE and OLB positions, as well as some OL and WR.
Christian Ballard, Iowa – Not quite big enough for a typical Patriots DE, but he could be a very good addition in their sub packages.
Brandon Bair, Oregon – Very tall and lean prospect that would need to add a few pounds to become a 5-tech.
Sam Acho, Texas – Very smart player that can get after the passer. Very surprised to see him fall to day three.
Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma – Great work ethic and motor, but has pedestrian speed. That said, he always seems to be around the football.
KJ Wright, Mississippi State – Underrated prospect that should be able to play as an OLB in sub-situations. Not sure he can set the edge on a consistent basis.
Chris Carter, Fresno State – The Fresno State connection could come into play here with this player that has been working out with some guy named Willie McGinest.
Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State – Solid player that does a lot of things decently, but nothing exceptional. Will continue to over-achieve.
Greg Romeus, Pitt – If injury concerns have subsided, he could be a guy who comes off of the PUP list and contributes late in the year.
Clint Boling, Georgia – Boling can play every non-center position on the line, but he will best suited to guard. Team leader and former left-tackle screams Patriots pick to me.
Brandon Fusco, Slippery Rock – The Patriots showed a lot of interest in this small-school center. He would be a developmental pick.
Edmond Gates, Abilene Christian – True burner that has some character issues and some shaky hands. Could be a Mike Wallace type of receiver.
Greg Salas, Hawaii – Not a speed guy, but has incredible hands. Works the middle of the field very well.
Tandon Doss, Indiana – Never was as productive as he should have been. Very smooth receiver with good size.
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