1st Round, Pick 27: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC (SCOUTING REPORT)
Oh, pass rushers. As Mike Loyko stated yesterday, the Patriots might be able hang on to their two best pass-rushers from last year. Will they be enough?
Like the majority of New England, I’d like to see the Patriots add a young play-maker to outside linebacking corps. Coach Belichick has shied away from drafting conversion projects early, but the “Hooded One” is anything but predictable in his drafting.
Nick Perry is a pass-rush specialist at this point in his career. He has the flexibility to dip around the outside, while also possessing the first step and power to make a quick inside move. Perry certainly has the ability to become a player that “makes the QB think about the pass rush even when there isn’t one.”
The former USC Trojan will need to learn the nuances of the 3-4 OLB position, although he does have the athleticism needed to drop into coverage.
There are some other options at the DE/OLB position that may be around in this area. Vinny Curry (DE, Marshall) is a high-motor kid lacking elite athleticism, Melvin Ingram (DE, South Carolina) is a quick, undersized DT playing on the outside, while this might be a bit early for the likes of Chandler Jones (DE, Syracuse), Andre Branch (DE, Clemson), or Whitney Mercilus (DE, Illinois).
If a defensive back that the Patriots really like is still on the board, they could snatch them up here as well. Mark Barron (S, Alabama) and Alfonzo Dennard (CB/S, Nebraska) are two of our favorites.
2nd Round, Pick 63: Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Like we said before, if the Patriots add Brandon Lloyd to the fold, that opens up their options greatly with regards to what type of receivers they can go after.
Joe Adams could be just one of those types of receivers that they do target – a versatile one. In addition to playing the “Z” and the slot receiver positions, Adams is a fantastic punt returner, who should be able to help out the Patriots anemic kick return game as well.
He is fantastic on crossing routes, truly fearless over the middle. Although not always the cleanest route-runner, he can stretch the field with his speed and shows good awareness in his routes. Coming from a Petrino-led offense, he isn’t going to be as far behind as a guy like Taylor Price was coming out of the University of Ohio.
Adams is also a phenomenal person off the field, one that has shown the willingness to improve on a daily basis.
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