3RD and 4TH ROUNDS
Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas (Scouting Notes)
The Patriots kick-return unit was ranked 29th in the league in 2011, with a 21.4 yard average and a long return of 37. Although Joe Adams only returned punts in 2011 for the Razorbacks, his incredible change of direction skills and burst should translate well to kickoffs well.
Adams isn’t a one-trick pony either. His 4.35 speed and aforementioned agility make him a dual threat running option routes underneath as well as showcasing his straight-line speed on vertical routes and deep crosses.
Regardless of whether Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Brandon Lloyd, Chad Ochocinco, etc… are on the Patriots roster in 2012, youth is needed at the position. Adams’ special teams ability will keep him on the 53-man roster while he can carve a niche in the Patriots offensive game-plan.
128th Pick (estimated)
Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
Coming from the same school as Asante Samuel, some Patriots fans may have mixed feelings about this pick. Robinson’s play will remind you of Samuel’s at times as well.
Robinson, a junior that decided to declare early, reads routes very quickly and has the elite closing speed to break up passes or make the interception. This also leaves him susceptible to do the double move in man.
When in zone, Robinson has a chance to do what he does best – read and react. Robinson could excel at the “star” or slot CB position for the Patriots. His size (5’10″/188) might preclude him from playing too much outside.
He’ll run well at the combine, so the 4th round might be a bit optimistic. Putting a UCF cornerback in the 4th round for the Patriots was just too hard not to do.
Late Round Options
Due to some trades, New England doesn’t have any picks after the 4th round. However, the Patriots like to move around the draft board, so their is a high probability of picking up some late round picks.
Here are just a few possibilities in the late rounds:
Dwayne Frampton (WR, Arkansas State) (Interview)
-Slot receiver and special-teams (Gunner, Returner) player.
Broderick Binns (DE/OLB, Iowa)
Cordarro Law (DL/OLB, Southern Miss)
-Possible SOLB conversion projects.