Patriots 2012 NFL Draft Watchlist

Marvin McNutt 2012 NFL Draft

Could this former QB be the Patriots next WR?

Here are a few prospects that the Patriots could show some interest in for the 2012 NFL Draft.

Jared Crick (DL, Nebraska)

The Patriots passed on a big 3-4 DE in the 2011 NFL Draft, but there will be a few available in 2012 as well. Crick is coming back for his senior season, willing to show NFL scouts that he can play with better consistency.

His ability to play inside and outside, dominating at times, will keep him popping up in scouting discussions until this time next year.

Alfonzo Dennard (CB, Nebraska)

It’s not a Patriots watchlist without a defensive back to keep an eye on. Crick’s teammate Dennard is an astounding prospect that we feel will be a better pro than former Cornhusker Prince Amukamara.

He took the extra passes thrown his way in 2010 in stride and should be a 1st-round lock come the 2012 NFL Draft.

Marvin McNutt (WR, Iowa)

Standing in at 6’4″ and 215 pounds, McNutt is an imposing presence on the field. Still learning the position after a position switch from quarterback as a sophomore, McNutt has performed very well for the Hawkeyes. McNutt caught eight touchdowns each of the last two years from current Chiefs QB Ricky Stanzi.

McNutt can still clean up his routes a bit and work on his consistency catching the football, but his knowledge of the game combined with his size could make him an attractive pick on day two.

Mike Brewster (OC, Ohio State)

Brewster is a team leader that has all the fundamentals in place to become Dan Koppen’s replacement in New England. He moves well and plays with a nastiness that will endear him to fans and his fellow teammates.

Courtney Upshaw (ILB/OLB, Alabama)

Upshaw is an intriguing linebacker because of his ability to play both inside and outside in a 3-4. His 6’2″ / 260 frame might be better suited to the inside, but with the way he fights off blockers, we can see him setting the edge and creating pressure on the quarterback.

Upshaw, as well as teammates Don’ta Hightower and Nico Johnson, certainly are required viewing for Patriots fans this year.

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10 Responses to “Patriots 2012 NFL Draft Watchlist”

  1. Ralph says:

    For guys that get pissed after the draft, follow this formula and you might be able to live after bill has ruined your dreams.

    *BB does not draft based on need.
    *BB likes team captains, or players which have a leadership role.
    *Smart players, Instinctive. ( no I don’t mean Meriweather’s freelancing) I mean really instinctive… lol

  2. Iceman says:

    The entire D on Bama is worth keeping an eye. It’s Saban coached and loads of talent. Aside from the 3 LB’s you mentioned they also have S- Mark Barron and Robert Lester and corner Dre Kirkpatrick all with early round potential.

    • JR says:

      Ice man nailed it, Bama’s back line D is outstanding. I think the strength of the 2012 draft is OLINE, corners and safetys. That could all change by next May. 1 Kid to keep an eye on is the LB from Arizona State Burfict.

  3. Jeff says:

    Upshaw definitely won’t be one for us as an ILB since we’ve already got 4 solid ones of those, unless we’re going to can Guyton, which I wouldn’t be opposed to an upgrade on.
    But at OLB…not happening at 6’2″.

    • NEPD says:

      Jermaine Cunningham is an entire inch taller. (6’3″) Ninkovich is 6’2″ as is Tully Banta-Cain. Don’t get too hung up on height/weight, at least until the NFL Combine.

      • Sciz says:

        Ninkovich is listed at 6’2”, but was 6030 at the combine, so he’s got a whole inch too

    • Sean says:

      Guyton is a FA in 2012 so there should be a spot available if he is not resigned.

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