3rd Round – Pick 77 (via Eagles)
Ben Jones, OC, Georgia
The center position has featured a cast of thousands for the Patriots this year after Dan Koppen got knocked out for the season against Miami. Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell, and Nick McDonald are all nice depth/swing interior linemen, but finding the next and perhaps last center for Tom Brady’s career should be a priority.
Jones is a smart signal-caller and has the size (6’3″/315) to hold up against the big NT/DT’s that he’ll face in the AFC East.
3rd Round – Pick 95
George Iloka, S, Boise State
When you have a thin, beat-up, under-performing secondary, why stop at drafting two defensive backs? George Iloka has the size/speed/length to disrupt a lot of passes either in man or zone coverage.
Being able to play three safety sets again will give Belichick another wrinkle to use come game-day.
Broderick Binns, DE/OLB, Iowa
Binns isn’t a name that many people are familiar with, but he could be a very good situational pass-rusher in the NFL. Once unleashed from a restrictive DE assignment under Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker, Binns has the skill-set, work ethic, and explosion to excel as a rush 3-4 OLB.
At just over six feet tall, it will be tough for him to be a 3-down player in the NFL. That should keep him from being a Top 100 prospect.
Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan
Incredibly productive at the college level, White could provide a Deion Branch-esque level of performance running intermediate routes for New England. White is certainly smart and savvy enough to pick up the Patriots offense.
Injury concerns might push him down to a spot where he will become very attractive to some NFL teams.