If the Patriots don’t trade down again from the 33rd pick, there is a plethora of options for the Patriots to begin restocking their defense.
Here is who we see the Patriots targeting on Day Two of the 2011 NFL Draft.
DE / Outside Linebacker-
Brooks Reed- Not a perfect prospect, but a hard-working guy with a big motor and elite agility is never a bad guy to add to your team.
Akeem Ayers- Not sure he is a great fit for the Patriots, but his playmaking ability will certainly intrigue some teams.
Chris Carter- A Fresno State pipeline pick that has been working out with Willie McGinest lately. Could be a nice pickup in the 3rd round.
Martez Wilson- More of an inside linebacker, but Wilson has the speed to create pressure from the edge.
KJ Wright/Jeremy Beal- Two sleepers that the Patriots might take a chance on late in the 3rd round.
Da’Quan Bowers- If the Patriots can check Bowers off medically long-term (he is obviously injured short-term), they might have a Rob Gronkowski situation on their hands. That said, he isn’t really a 3-4 DE or a 3-4 OLB, so the fit might not be there.
Allen Bailey- A true ‘tweener, Bailey could play the “elephant” linebacker for New England.
Kenrick Ellis – A mammoth prospect from Hampton, Ellis could play the “Wilfork DE” role, allowing Vince to stay at nose.
Jarvis Jenkins – Interesting 5-tech prospect that drew the eye of Coach Belichick during the post-season.
Brandon Harris – Very smooth corner that is a coaches dream. Will be great in run support and has improved each year.
Aaron Williams – Possible safety convert could be a hybrid defensive back for the Patriots. A definite option if they stay at 33.
Marcus Gilchrist – Another hybrid CB/S that has the football IQ that the Patriots fell in love with when they drafted Devin McCourty.
Ras-I Dowling – Physical CB/S that is adept at playing man coverage.
Rodney Hudson – Can play center or guard and fits well in a zone-blocking scheme. Has shown that he can bulk up to play in the NFL.
John Moffitt – Tough, powerful player that excels in the phone-booth. Can play guard for the Patriots, and is very adept at picking up blitzes.
Shane Vereen – Homerun hitter that has enough power and vision to run inside as well. An ideal 3rd round target
Ryan Williams – Incredible talent, balance, and vision, but has some serious injury concerns. If he checks out medically, he’s worth a 2nd rounder.
Leonard Hankerson – Questionable hands, but he just gets open. Could be an option in the late second round.
Torrey Smith – Incredible speed would give the Patriots another possibility as a deep-threat. Will probably go before New England can pull the trigger.
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