2012 NFL Draft: Six Prospects That Fit the Patriots

Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (Scouting Report)

Stephon Gilmore is a fluid cornerback that excels playing in zone coverage and reading the quarterback. His length, awareness, natural instincts and ability to break quickly allow him to make a lot of plays on the ball.

While he always hasn’t shown the greatest hands, his improved ball skills this year allowed him to make some impressive interceptions at South Carolina.

Gilmore has also impressed when asked to rush the passer—he could give current Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington a run for his money there.

If Devin McCourty moves permanently to safety or Ras-I Dowling isn’t fully healthy, Gilmore could step in on Day 1 and perform in zone coverage for New England.

George Iloka, FS, Boise State (Scouting Report)

Patriots safeties are tough to pigeon-hole as either free safeties or strong safeties—Belichick wants them to be able to play both.

Therefore, when a 6’4″, 222-pound safety shows up on tape taking snaps at slot cornerback, one tends to take notice.

George Iloka uses his natural length and balance to play tight coverage on tight ends, slot receivers and running backs, while his size allows him to wrap up and deliver the blow in run support.

A team that tries to disguise its coverages as much as the Patriots would have a fun time using Iloka.

Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas (Scouting Report)

Joe Adams is a natural fit at wide receiver for the Patriots, while the Patriots are a natural fit for Joe Adams. On and off the field, Adams exemplifies what the Patriots try to do.

Off the field, Adams is a hard-working, humble kid that enjoys playing the game. On it, Adams is electric. Fearless routes over the middle and underneath, stretching the defense with his 4.3 speed, making joysticks envious with his ridiculous punt returns, Adams can do it all.

One scout at the Senior Bowl told a writer of mine at NEPatriotsDraft.com that he would even use Adams as a defensive back. If that doesn’t sound like a Patriot, I don’t know who does.

This article was originally printed on Bleacher Report.

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Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Don'ta Hightower, Fletcher Cox, George Iloka, Joe Adams, Michael Brockers, Stephon Gilmore

4 Responses to “2012 NFL Draft: Six Prospects That Fit the Patriots”

  1. L Bridges says:

    would Dontari Poe not be a good fit if cox and brockers are gone

  2. Jeff says:

    Funny cuz everyone of these guys are the ones I want for the Pats. Save for Brockers…I think we have a chance to walk away with 2-3 or even 4 of them if Bill used the picks.

  3. BOB says:

    I remember reading BB went to the old Dallas coach to understand his drafting strategy. The feedback was identiry 25-30 players that you wanted and use your pics as currency to get as many of them as possible. With respect to this, can you identify 15 or more Pat’s picks?



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