Mike’s Final Patriots Mock Draft

48. Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
The Patriots need to come out of the first two rounds with a safety. With the chances of the getting Mark Barron nearly impossible, Smith becomes the next best option. There is a good chance Smith is off the board by 48, but he is the type of player I can see them moving up ten picks in the second round to get, or trading back from #31 to target. Smith is another high character, high effort kid. Smith was a team captain at Notre Dame, like with McClellin and Curry he was the leader of the Notre Dame defense. Smith isn’t a flashy player, but he is smart, coachable and football smart. The Patriots play a system where the strong and free safety rotate. In order to play safety for Bill Belichick you have to be able to play both positions and I feel like Smith can do that. Smith played for former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, so they will have the whole book on Smith. There is a big drop off at the safety position, if they miss out on Smith. If they can’t get Smith I believe the Patriots will wait until the later rounds to get one.

Other Possibilities: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska, Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia, David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech, Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

62. Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
This pick could go a number of different directions. After upgrading the front seven and safety position with the first three picks the Patriots add an athletic corner back who they can develop in their system. It’s been discussed at length about how Patriots coach George Godsey was the one who recruited Josh to UCF and how close they were when he was at UCF. The Patriots tend to look for corners who run 4.4 forties and exhibit above average agility and Robinson is certainly that type of player. There might not be a better athlete at any position in the entire draft. Robinson is a feisty corner back who doesn’t back down from big challenges. With his speed, fluidity and change of direction skills Robinson can develop solid man to man cover skills. The Patriots played too much zone coverage last year due to their inablity to play man to man and need to bring in players who can man up. At this point in the draft Robinson would be a great value pick and would be able to make an immediate contribution as a rotation defensive back. Robinson has also returned kicks in college and that is an area the Patriots will likely target in the draft.

Other Possibilities: Brian Quick, WR, Appalachain State, Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest

93. Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
Joe Adams really stood out to me at the Senior Bowl. He exhibited very good hands, solid route running and big play ability. What makes Joe Adams special is his ability with the ball in his hands. There isn’t a more electric player in the draft with the ball and he can make people miss with tremendous shiftiness. Adams stock has taken a little bit of a hit because he didn’t run as fast as many thought he would. Adams is an example of a player who plays faster than he is timed and is quicker than fast. Adams is one of the best punt returners in the draft, which is a big area of need for the Patriots. Adams will be able to impact the game as a slot WR and can serve as the primary kick and punt returner which will save the Patriots a roster spot.

Other Possibilities: Brandon Taylor, S, LSU , Ron Brooks, CB, LSU

126. Lucas Nix, OG, Pittsburgh
It really pains me to give the Patriots an offensive lineman, but I do think they will pick one (probably an interior one) before the draft is over. Nix would be a value pick at late in the fourth round. Nix battled injuries all season at Pittsburgh and it has really hurt his draft stock. At the beginning of the year Nix looked like a safe bet for the second round, but with injuries and a sub par season the Patriots steal him in the late 4th. Nix played RT as a senior but projects inside to guard in the NFL. Nix would provide depth in case Logan Mankins is unable to go at the start of the season and protection against Brian Waters retiring.

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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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