2nd Round (62) – Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State (Scouting Report)
Fans of the New England Patriots have been pining for Bill Belichick to draft a pass-rushing OLB for what seems like a decade. McClellin has the versatility (DE/OLB/ILB in college) that Belichick is looking for, which will let him be a true four-down player.
McClellin is an impressive pass-rusher and has the coverage abilities that will allow him to stick with running backs and tight ends from the 3-4 OLB position. McClellin ran with receivers at times during his career in Boies.
McClellin impressed coaches at the Senior Bowl with how high his Football IQ was and he is reportedly a great guy to be around. He seems like the perfect fit for New England.
Andre Branch and Chandler Jones are too other pass-rushers that could be here, but neither are as complete a player as McClellin.
3rd Round (93) – Ron Brooks, CB/FS, LSU (Scouting Report)
A recent trend is for the Patriots to draft an SEC player that few people have even heard of in the Top 100 picks. Don’t look for that to change in the 2012 NFL Draft.
After adding a cornerback earlier in the draft, the Patriots need to find someone who can alleviate some of the pain at the safety position. Ron Brooks is exactly the sort of coverage based safety that New England needs.
Brooks doesn’t shy away from any hits, but he would certainly be the guy that plays in space across from Pat Chung. Brooks has legitimate 4.35 speed and can make plays on the ball from both man and zone coverage. Brooks is also an accomplished blitzer and gunner on special teams.
Trumaine Johnson is another player that could make the corner to safety transition. He will probably go before the late 3rd round, but he could possibly still be on the board.