Open Thread: Patriots Sleeper Picks for the 2012 NFL Draft

Olivier Vernon NFL Draft

Who is this Miami pass rusher? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Everybody has a guy. A prospect out there that they laid eyes on way before anyone else. A prospect that isn’t getting nearly enough love from the media. A prospect that is going to prove everyone wrong.

Today we’ll discuss who everybody’s favorite sleeper pick is for the Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Mike Loyko chose to go with Micah Pellerin (CB, Hampton). Loyko stated that “Pellerin has good size and speed combination. He has the ability to play both CB and FS, good footwork and very good closing speed. Pellerin can cover in man and understands defensive concepts.

Doug Kyed went with Olivier Vernon (DE, Miami). “Vernon is a later round pass rusher I would love the Patriots to take a risk on. He got punished in the Miami pay scandal and only took on a part time role this season, but I love his violent hands and fluidity.”

My choice is Marcus Zusevics (OL, Iowa). I think the Patriots might wait on offensive line help until the later rounds – if they pick up picks that its – and Zusevics has the physicality and versatility needed to contribute. He will probably fall from the 3rd-4th round to the 6th-7th round after tearing his pectoral muscle at the combine.

What say you NEPD commenters? Who is your favorite sleeper for the Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft?

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37 Responses to “Open Thread: Patriots Sleeper Picks for the 2012 NFL Draft”

  1. El Guapo says:

    Bryce Brown RB KState

  2. Nuf Ced says:

    I just remembered this guy watching LSU/Ala highlights; Nick Gentry

    Gentry was a thorn in the LSU side in the BCS game. He is squat, strong and doesn’t quit. I think he could be a Mike Wright type of player.

  3. AlexMullen4180 says:

    I have a list of guys that are projected to go in the 4th round or later that I think would be good fits for the Pats.

    Ryan Steed-CB-Furman
    Ryan Davis-DE/OLB-Bethune-Cookman
    Chris Galippo-ILB-USC
    Philip Thomas-FS-Syracuse
    Jeremiah Warren-OG-USF
    Lucas Nix-OG-Pitt
    Dustin Waldron-OT-Portland State
    Jeff Adams-OT-Columbia
    Winston Guy-SS-Kentucky
    BJ Coleman-QB-Tennessee-Chattanooga
    Jeff Fuller-WR-Texas A&M
    Dan Herron-RB-Ohio State
    DaJohn Harris-DE/DT-USC
    Jake Bequette-DE/OLB-Arkansas
    Chris Greenwood-CB-Albion

  4. Mike says:

    Vernon’s a tweener, and kind of a poor man’s Courtney Upshaw. Unless Belichick knows something I don’t I’d maybe say pass. I’ve been eyeballing Malik Jackson, DT/DE from Tennessee. He’s super raw but has some very intriguing measurables and looked great in senior bowl practices.

  5. Mark says:

    One of you at liked Tom Compton OT – I want him late. Call me a boyscout but I like to be prepared.

  6. D.T. says:

    Who can be the Marcus Cannon of the year?

  7. Ty says:

    I love V Burfict in the 4th as a sleeper. Also love Iloka with 2nd 2nd round pick. Or Minniefield in the 3rd.

  8. willie says:

    i am a ravens fan but love the site you guys have.

    I am from knoxville and poole is a heck of a running back. Seen him have a great career at UT.

    I think Ryan Broyles is going to be a pick you guys make… pick him and put him on practice squad or IR for the year and use him next year once ocho and branch are off the roster…he could potentially take over for wes in 2-3 years if he ages or gets hurt again.

    Jared Crick was someone i thought they would take as well…

    but they will have to move around to get these extra 3rd 4th round picks which i’m sure they will…

    My favorite thing about this draft is Oakland’s draft situation

    1st rounder gone for carson
    2nd rounder gone to you all for last years 3rd and 4th
    3rd rounder gone for terrelle pryor
    3rd round compensatory pick is their first pick of the draft..

    That is unreal to me… I think their first pick is #95

  9. l bridges says:

    Bobby Felder cb Nicholls State. Looks great not much written about him.

  10. Tsweets24 says:

    Eric page or Devon Wylie

  11. Nuf Ced says:

    Delano Johnson Bowie St DE/LB

    I have liked Adrian Hamilton but he isn’t much of a sleeper at this point

  12. Tim says:

    Cliff Harris CB, Oregon. Why not? everyone’s got issues.

  13. Andrew Smith says:

    Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincy
    If Belichick wants a 5-technique guy in this draft and he can’t get his hands on Brockers, then I wouldn’t be shocked if Wolfe was taken on day 2.

  14. AM says:

    On defense, Corey Mosley, S (Virginia); on offense, Michael Smith, RB (Utah State).

  15. STEVEN G says:

    WR-Dale Moss SDSU

  16. Noah M says:

    Donte Paige-Moss, DE/OLB, UNC
    Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan
    Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan
    Dan Herron, RB, Ohio St

    • AM says:

      Hemingway and White are great options in the 6th or 7th, if the team gets a pick then.

      • Noah M says:

        I think White could be Welkers replacement down the road.

        Hemingway doesn’t have great speed but he has great hands and it terrific at going up for the ball.

  17. Ken W says:

    Tauren Poole, RB Tennessee

  18. Jim R says:

    Tim “Mother” Fugger OLB – VANDY

  19. Brady6 says:

    Ryan Miller, OG/OT Colorado

  20. ANB says:

    Aaron Henry, S, Wisconsin

  21. Trevor says:

    Alex Hoffman-Ellis LB Washington State University

  22. Yea boi! says:

    TruMaine Johnson.

  23. Yesares says:

    Akiem Hicks, defensive lineman from Regina.

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