Mike’s Final Patriots Mock Draft

Is Vinny Curry on the Patriots Radar?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Draft will finally get underway in 48 hours. The Patriots have been painfully tough to project in the past, but I take my best shot and try to predict who will have their name called by the Patriots this week.

I have been preaching for months that I really like the depth of this draft and what kind of talent can be found in late round one through the third round. The Patriots hold four selections in a 35 pick span right in the meat of the draft. It’s really hard to envision a scenario that won’t get me excited. There is a lot of defensive talent to be had within those picks and the Patriots should come away an improved team.

This is my final Patriots mock before the draft and I would focus more of the names, then where they are being selected, because it’s likely the Patriots move around to get the guys they like.

27. Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State
McClellin has risen up the board extremely quickly and there is even the possibility that he will be off the board by the time the Patriots select. If McClellin is on the board it makes sense for them to snatch up the versatile OLB. McClellin has drawn comparisons to former Patriot Mike Vrabel. He is a smart, intense and athletic OLB. Coaches raved about how quickly he was able to adapt to a new position at the Senior Bowl and came away impressed with how well he did in pass coverage.

A question people had about McClellin was his ability to add weight to his frame, which he has done without effecting any of his athleticism. McClellin has a very good first step and can explode off the snap. He is also a very good blitzer, so Bill Belichick will be able to have fun with him. If there is a Patriots type player in the draft it’s McClellin. He can play multiple positions, is extremely coachable, is a leader and plays with great passion and intensity. The Patriots draft gets off to a great start solidifying the OLB position, which fans have been clamoring for them to do for years.

Other Possibilities: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse , Nick Perry, DE, USC, Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

31. Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
While other pass rushers such as Whitney Mercilus, Courtney Upshaw and Chandler Jones have gotten a lot more publicity, Curry might be the one that falls to the Patriots. Curry has one of the best motors of any player in the draft. Like McClellin, Curry is a team leader and was the heart and soul of the Marshall defense. He has been very productive the last two seasons totaling 23 sacks and 40 tackles for a loss.

At 6’3″ 266 pounds Curry would likely fill the sort of elephant role that Mark Anderson played last season. Curry hasn’t been played OLB and with McClellin in the fold Curry can start off doing what he does best, rush the passer. Curry doesn’t have that explosive first step, but he did post one of the best 3 Cones (6.90) and one of the best short shuttles (4.40) of any DE. That shows the Curry can change direction, is flexible in his lower half and can stop and go, all of which are very important for pass rushers. In the past two drafts the Patriots have focused on high character kids and Curry fits the bill. His mother died of cancer last year, which is another obstacle he has had to overcome. He was a team captain at Marshall and is the type of player the Patriots love to bring into the program.

The Patriots took TE Lee Smith out of Marshall last year, so there is a connection with the program. If Chandler Jones somehow makes it this far I believe he would be the pick, Curry offers a similar skill set with less risk.

Other Possibilities: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana, Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois, Devon Still, DT, Penn State, Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn

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25 Responses to “Mike’s Final Patriots Mock Draft”

  1. Lundahl says:

    I would take a DT instead of a CB.

  2. Stephen says:

    Heres my take on the Patriots picks IF they keep all of them.

    27. Shea McClellin (OLB Boise St.) – By adding Shea the Patriots get a good pass-rusher that’s smart, athletic, and very versatile. He’s a student of the game, has a high-motor, and would fit in any system.

    31. Devon Still (DT Penn St.) – By getting Still, the Patriots add a relentless, vicious big man along the front line that can team with Vince Wilfork for a powerful tandem. He can generate pressure inside as well as stopping the run.

    48. Trumaine Johnson (S Montana) – By obtaining Johnson, the Patriots add a talented defensive back who is tall, athletic, and gifted. Though he is a little slower as a cornerback, that makes him that much more enticing as a safety.

    62. Brandon Boykin (CB Georgia) – By grabbing Boykin, the Patriots obtain a great cornerback who could team with McCourty and Arrington as an excellent nickel back. He’s as talented as any corner in this draft, the only knock on him is his height. He also adds another dynamic to the return game.

    93. Jared Crick (DE Nebraska) – By drafting Crick, the Patriots get more help on the D-line. Crick is deceptively strong and can generate pressure. He is stout against the run as well. He would be drafted a lot higher had he not torn his pectoral muscle his senior year. He fits well as a five technique but could add some more weight.

    126. Greg Childs (WR Arkansas) – By acquiring Childs, the Patriots get a big bodied wide receiver who runs routes well. Overall he is a polished WR that came from a pro-style offense and is a huge target with great hands. The only reason he isn’t going to be drafted in the first round is because of an injury his junior year that limited him in his senior year, but he seems to have fully recovered from it.

  3. chas t. says:

    like all the picks, but no way does smith drop out of the 1st round. only 2 safeties rated high so someone will take him late 1st (hope its us)

  4. Rob says:

    I love the Joe Adams pick and I think Belichek can use the board to trade down and eventually pick up Broyles in the 5th or 6th and then red shirt next year

  5. Liam says:

    Like your take on the draft if the Curry pick is via trade back. Better players available at 31, possibly including Nick Perry who seems to be sliding. Could see them going OT in the 3rd or 4th for depth now that Matty Light’s hanging up the boots.

  6. Tom says:

    I don’t think McClellin will be chosen in the first round anymore. His rise as been meteoric over the last three months, but with the emergence of a concussion history, I just do not see how a team could take a chance on him in the first round. It is a huge gamble to take on a player who might not be in the league 2-3 years from now.

  7. tomB says:

    Why don’t we just get 2 DE ? May it be Nick perry(if he falls that far doubt it), chandler jones, Andre Branch and then pick up vinny curry with the 31st pick. and then with our 2nd rd we pick up Lavonte David

  8. Justin says:

    Ehh not really feeling Josh Robinson or Joe Adams. I think Casey Hayward or Bruce Irvin and if Trumaine Johnson they would take one pf them instead of Robinson and then instead of Adams take a bigger receiver like Greg Childs or Juron Criner. Rest of the draft was spot on

  9. Andrew says:

    Do you guys have time to do a Choose, Snooze, Refuse post?

  10. Tom says:

    OLB – BRUCE IRVIN

    DT – AKIEM HICKS

    • Nuf Ced says:

      i like Hicks late

    • Nuf Ced says:

      Not a fan of the Curry pick, I just don’t see him fitting. Anderson had a role last year because BB changed his defensive approach due to a shortened off season; he wasn’t the true elephant BB has employed over the years. I see him switching back this year.

    • Big Dan From Maine says:

      Vinny Curry in the first round is a REACH. Doesnt have the talent, or production playing at MARSHAL, to warrent a 1st round pick

  11. alex says:

    You guys are a great resource, thanks for the hard work.

  12. Jeff says:

    Love the Joe Adam’s pick….another slot wr that seems to be falling for no other reason than he tore his acl is Ryan Broyles. I have no idea why he isnt talked about more in this draft. Great route runner, smart, high character….and one of the most productive wr’s in OU’s history.

  13. HDHorvath says:

    Excellent job on the mock. I had hoped to find a way to grab Cox or Brockers and maybe even Dont’a Hightower but I’d take the players you’ve id in a heartbeat! Keep up the good work.

  14. Marcelo says:

    This doenst seem like a patrios mock at all… It seems what you would like them to do.

    But I hope your right. Pats team would improve a lot with these players.

  15. Ryan says:

    Mike –
    We all know what happens when you do a good mock draft. It ends up being nothing like it. Ha

    However, if we come away with a few of these guys, maybe not at these respective positions I will truly be excited.
    Good job.

  16. Blackluck says:

    This would be a very exciting draft. Excellent job!

  17. AM says:

    This draft would be an absolute home run–here’s hoping you’re right!

  18. NEtyson says:

    Thumbs up….great mock..
    I say if we cant grab harrison smith then we wait and get B.Taylor…hes also very smart but prob wont be as good as smith will be…..ive liked trumaine johnson since his last yr and if we can come away with him ill be happy including the rest of you picks…..good job

    • Jeff says:

      Smith’s coverage skills worries me. I would rather see Taylor in a Pats uniform…dude brings the wood and is much more athletic than Smith.

      • Jim R says:

        I like what that does for the defense. It also addresses some depth at WR and Oline. good solid picks. I hope the Pats are thinking along the same line…

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