Hmm, that’s pretty tough. I have Devon Still six slots higher on my big board than Nick Perry, so I do like Still more as a player. Currently, pass rush and interior defensive line are both big needs for the Patriots, it’s possible that outside pass rush is the bigger need right now though.
I think Devon Still is the safer prospect, he still has some issues in his game, notably staying a little to high, doesn’t have a constant motor, had one season of great success, but he was absolutely dominant for series’ at a time this year.
Perry is a little more of a question mark, especially in the Patriots defense. They could either use him as their elephant OLB, or they could pack some weight onto him and use him in a Jarvis Green type role. I question Perry’s flexibility getting around the edge, and I question how he’ll fare in coverage if asked to drop back.
I’ll go with Still. Guaranteed fit, and the Patriots have really lacked at 5-tech since Seymour was traded and Warren got hurt.
Still stuck in original Macintosh computers.
The Patriots typically like their LDE to be a bit bigger than Brock, so I’m not sure it’s the best fit. I also think that Brock will likely be back in Seattle.
He could be an interesting rotational RDE if Andre Carter wasn’t coming back for some reason and if the Patriots are planning on playing a lot of four man fronts, which I’m not expecting them to. I expect the Pats to go back to a base three man front, with a hybrid 3/4 man fronts in sub packages.
In a 4-3, Coples natural position would be 7-tech DE, and he could kick inside as a 3-tech DT on passing downs. In a lot of 3-4 schemes, he’d be a possibility at 5-tech DE as well. He can hold his ground, he can rush from the inside.
For the Patriots though? It’s not very clear. The Pats like their 5-techs to be over 300 pounds, so unless Coples really bulked up, he may not be a fit there. If the Pats were to use a four man front, he’d line up at 7-tech DE without a problem. There’s also the possibility that you mentioned with him standing up. Once again, he’s pretty big to do that regularly, but it did work with Mario Williams last year. Williams is also the more accomplished pass rusher though.
I’m sure the Pats could find a fit for him, but I’m not sure if I see more than 60% of total snaps for him between playing 7-tech in sub packages and the occasional OLB in the base 3-4.