Post-Senior Bowl 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Mike Loyko

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
The Steelers won’t have a choice but to start to rebuild their aging defense this off-season. There are going to be cap and age casualties, making the linebacker position a clear area of need. Out of all the teams in the first round I think the Steelers are the best fit for Te’o. He can fill the 3-4 ILB position that will be vacated by Larry Foote and play that downhill attacking style that Steeler linebackers are asked to play.

18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Maybe the Cowboys should pick a QB like Tyler Wilson right here, but I still think Jerry Jones sticks with Tony Romo and tries to help him. The offensive line in Dallas was a sieve all season, especially on the interior. I’m sure Dallas would love to get Warmack who is more powerful, but Cooper is a more athletic and mobile guard who will give the OL a boost.

19. New York Giants (9-7)
Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
The Giants just continue to stockpile pass rushers and there is nothing wrong with that. With Osi Umenyiora likely gone, the Giants are able to find his replacement by tabbing the powerful and explosive Jones. Jones commented that his favorite player of all-time was Michael Strahan and I see a lot of Justin Tuck in his current game. This would be a great pick for the Giants both for now and the future.

20. Chicago Bears (10-6)
Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Urlacher is becoming unreliable due to injury and age. It’s time for the Bears to find a replacement for him and Ogletree is a good one. He is an athletic freak who can play inside and outside. He’s not a finished product and needs technique, discipline and instinctual refinement, so playing a year behind Urlacher would be great for him. With his frame and athletic ability the sky is the limit.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Adding a wide receiver with as much upside and ability as Patterson would be huge. When you factor in that he will get to play opposite of AJ Green it’s downright scary for opposing defenses. This past season teams were able to roll coverages towards Green with no real big play receiving threat opposite him. With Patterson teams would have to respect his size and vertical speed, which would help AJ Green and QB Andy Dalton big time.

22. St. Louis Rams (via Wash) (10-6)
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
After getting their LT six picks earlier the Rams are able to fill their second biggest need with the most versatile safety in the draft. Vaccaro is sure to be a hot commodity when the draft rolls around due to his ability to play CB, SS, FS and slot CB. He has some off the field questions, but putting Vaccaro in a secondary with Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan would be fun to watch.

23. Minnesota Vikings
Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Vikings would love to get one of the top wide receivers to give Christian Ponder some more weapons, take some of the pressure off the running game and give them someone opposite Percy Harvin. However, with the top two receivers off the board the Vikings opt to address their run defense. Hankins is a versatile 320 pound DT who can play multiple positions in multiple schemes. Even though he had a bit of a down season compared to the other top Defensive Linemen, he offers plenty of long term upside and talent.

24. Indianapolis Colts
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Colts traded their second round pick for Vonte Davis and now have the opportunity to add the big, physical and athletic Florida State corner. Rhodes is 6’2″ and is one of the best cover corners in the draft. While Rhodes can be too aggressive at times, the Colts need to add talent to their secondary and do so with one of the top corners in this draft.

25. Seattle Seahawks
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Someone is going to get a steal with the best tight end in the draft. The Seahawks priority this off-season should be to add receiving weapons for QB Russell Wilson. With some of the top WRs off the board, the Seahawks add a big, athletic receiving target who will open up the middle of the field.

26. Green Bay Packers
Barrett Jones, OC/OG, Alabama
The Packers still gave up way too many sacks last season and a lot of them came from the poor interior play. Jones’ position versatility combined with his off the charts measurables make him a likely late first round pick. The Packers have a hole at center with the retirement of Jeff Saturday and the sub-par play of EDS, Jones would fill that need for a long time to come.

27. Houston Texans
Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
The biggest need on the Texans is at the ILB spot in my opinion. Once Brian Cushing went down that defense was completely different and even when he is healthy they don’t have anyone to play next to him. Minter would sure up the middle of the Texans defense and allow them to focus on WR and NT later on in the draft.

28. Denver Broncos
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The Derek Wolfe pick looks like it worked out well for the Broncos, but they still need another tackle to play next to him and take up blockers. Williams would be perfect because he is so big and so strong. Williams could eat up blocks, penetrate and allow the edge rushers more one on one opportunities. Williams can also play NT in a three man front, offering some versatility if Coach John Fox wants to change up fronts.

29. New England Patriots
Robert Woods, WR, USC
My top two needs for the Patriots this off-season is to add speed and physicality to their team. This pick came down to a defensive back or Woods. The Patriots have lacked another outside WR over the last three seasons and it has hurt them in big game situations. They need another receiver who will demand attention, as they don’t have one that can make things happen after the catch. Woods is the best fit because of his ability with the ball in his hands. He’s great on screens, quick passes, will work the middle of the field and is very good coming out of motion. He should be able to play all three receiver positions and will force defenses to respect him. Woods can also stretch the field vertically and has a history of making big plays.

If his ankle is fully healthy he is one of the most dynamic players in the draft. In terms of Special Teams ability, Woods has a ton of experience returning kicks which is another area of need for the Patriots heading into the off-season. In the next couple rounds the Patriots can focus on the secondary, where there is great value at both CB and Safety.

30. Atlanta Falcons
Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU
John Abraham is on his final legs as a pass rusher and the team needs to find a way to get a more consistent pass rush. When he went down in the playoffs the Falcons pass rush really struggled. Ansah is a big, long and athletic edge presence. He’s still developing into a football player, but he has shown that he can be a factor in the run game, while possessing the tools to become a dangerous 4-3 DE. Ansah has the ability to stand up or kick inside depending on formation and scheme. At this point in the draft it’s great value, with a potential great payoff.

31. San Francisco 49ers
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
The 49ers don’t have many needs. What they do need to add is depth among their key defensive positions. It’s almost unheard of how healthy they have been over the last two years, but they can’t expect that to keep up. Trufant was the best CB at the Senior Bowl, showing scouts an aggressive coverage style that would fit in nicely with the 49ers brand of football.

32. Baltimore Ravens
Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Ed Reed is a FA and even if he comes back, he has maybe one more season on those legs. Reid is the best pure FS in this year’s draft showcasing very good range, coverage skills and explosive closing burst. Reid would give the Ravens a long term replacement for one of their key defensive figures.


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45 Responses to “Post-Senior Bowl 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Mike Loyko”

  1. steve earle says:

    We can go round and round on one fantisy trade scenairo after another but two things jump out at me again and again, First how likely is it that the potential trade partners aludded to will think Mallett and 29 is worth going to near the bottom of the round? Second how likely is it teams in need of several players would trade mulitpal picks over two years for the same?

    • steve earle says:

      Another thing to consider in all this is the impact of veteran qb’s who are expected to be released or traded by the teams they are currently with. If I were running the Cleveland or KC shows I would be on the phone to SF looking to see how I could aquire Alex Smith. I should think SF would love to get the 1#1 or 1#6 plus xyz. It would make great sense for both teams. Could Mallett compete with that? Then there is Michael Vick. Dammaged goods? Possably but to desperate GM’s who would they rather have, Vick or Mallett? Then there is the wild card Tim Tebow, he’s actually won some NFL games. Any decisions these GM’s will be making have to factor in to those players. Plus will they consider the up sides of two or three rookies equal to or higher then Mallett? I mean no disrespect to Millett I’m just pointing out some of the realitys other teams will be considering. So assuming Mallett is worth xyz is making a giant leap of faith.

  2. Chris says:

    As soon as I see a mock draft with the Lions taking Milliner at number 5, I immediately dismiss it.

    • Matt says:

      I agree. Milner is no Patrick Peterson and if the Lions traded back then yes I can see that. At 5 they will either pick Moore, Fisher, Mingo, Warmack, maybe Vaccaro or just simply trade back.
      The second and third round is for the OL, DE, or Safety they didn’t take earlier in the draft. You draft a fast back, WR and punter in the later rounds. They are going to get a 4th round pick compensation so that is where you can get a WR.

  3. Pete O. says:

    FYI – The guy opposite Carlos Dunlap only had 11.5 sacks. Dunlap isn’t even a full time starter yet. Bengals need a safety way more than a DE.

  4. MaineMan says:

    Seems to be a lot of fans will object to the Woods pick, saying, “BB would NEVER take a WR that high.” Yeah, well, when it comes to predicting what BB will or won’t do in a particular draft, “never say never” is probably the first rule to apply. So, if the scouting reports on Woods are 100% accurate, I think it’s entirely possible that BB would seize him at #29. OTOH, if the scouting reports on Woods are 100% accurate, he’ll probably be long gone before #29, making the point moot.

    At #59, while I agree that the Pats need safety help, rather than another in-the-box “thumper” who may (or may not) be able to cover well, I’d see them going for a guy with the range and play-diagnostics to play deep coverage as well as McCourty has – not to replace McCourty back there, but to be able to alternate deep and intermediate coverages and to be able to step into McCourty’s spot if McCourty gets hurt (otherwise the whole secondary would probably go into the crapper again). As long as the guy is also competent in run-D, I think that works better. I the late 2nd, though, that might mean converting a good, physical zone-read corner who’s slightly slow to be running with WRs along the sideline from the LoS.

    In the 3rd, I just don’t see the DL needing yet another DE/OLB edge guy after signing Vega and Benard. However, even with the Armstead signing, the Pats still have room for another 290+ penetrating undertackle prospect to audition for the role of Wilfork’s sidekick in order to increase interior pressure (thus making life easier for the several edge-rushers the Pats already have).

    • Cam M says:

      The only problem I have with the Woods pick is that for everything Billy B. does well, he and his staff really suck at evaluating WR’s. I just don’t trust them to take one this early.

      • AM says:

        Think of it slightly differently: Belichick (and staff) almost always hits on first-round picks, regardless of position. The closest thing to “busts” that they have had are Maroney and Meriweather, each of whom were still acceptable players at points. It’s in the second-round that he’s hit or miss (Gronkowski, Vollmer, Spikes vs. Brace, Wheatley, Dowling).

        I heard Belichick say once that players with a second round grade there are always “missing something:” a history of production, athleticism, a clean bill of health, etc. I think that when they don’t have to project those issues (i.e., in the first round), they do as well as anyone in the league. I’m pretty confident that if they pick a WR in the first round, they would nail it. Less confident if they wait until the second to address CB.

  5. Packer Fan says:

    Barrett Jones is one of the most overrated players in the draft. It doesn’t matter if he can play guard of center (he won’t be a tackle), lots of guys can. Put on the tape. He gets beat up all the time.

    He’s not worth a 1st round pick and just because Green Bay needs offensive line help doesn’t mean they’re going to settle on a subpar lineman.

  6. Joe Blake says:

    No more gators on the roster please: Elam, Floyd….pass…gators lay eggs, did u see the Georgia game…bulldogs are more NFL ready this draft: a good crop to focus on….

    • steve earle says:

      Come on Joe if a Gator is good he’s good. As for Geo, I like a couple of their guy real well this year, plus some fron So Car & No Car I really don’t care where they come from as long as they can play.

  7. russell easterbrooks says:

    No-WAY I like Elam at SS, to short, not big enough, not a great match-up on NFL TE’s we can do so much better.

    • Billy C. says:

      Elam will not last in the NFL. He’s just to small (Think Bob Sanders of Indianapolis a few years ago). I really hope they don’t make a second round mistake of picking Elam!

  8. Alex says:

    No thank you, do not like this for the Pats at all.
    Ignoring trades, as it’s only fair to stick to the same standards you did, I’d go:
    1) Ansah
    2) Phillip Thomas
    3) BW Webb or Chris Harper

    Realise this doesn’t get us everything we need, hence I would like to trade back.
    If we are going to take a WR, want a taller guy than Woods. Any safety we draft, must be good in coverage. Having a guy that can cover and tackle, will be better than a guy that can just hit big, but let guys get past him all the time.
    Think pairing Chandler with a stud on the other end, could give us a great rush, and mean our secondary doesn’t have to cover for so long.

    • AM says:

      Would love Phillip Thomas in Round Two. Based on this mock, I’d grab Desmond Trufant at #29 and Aaron Dobson in Round Three and call it a day.

    • russell easterbrooks says:

      Ansh will be gone when the Patriots pick. Thomas is OK, but I would like a taller heavier guy to cover TE’s and be more of a force in the run game. I like SS/LB DeVonte Holloman . BW Webb is also very good, shorter than I would like to see. I like Darius Slay better as a 3d pick.

      • Alex says:

        Ansah is here in this mock though.
        We have Tavon, who has done a good job of covering TEs, if we add to the safety position, I want a coverage orientated guy, as that is more important and useful than a heavy hitter.

      • steve earle says:

        I followed Russell’s lead and watched some tape on Darius Slay vs Miss St and LSU. I think Russell saw something different. Slay was easly blocked by wr’s on runs and missed 4 openfield tackles that I saw. His pass coverage was okay but uninspired. I did see him make one pick on an over throw and a couple of good passes knocked away. Nothing excited me.

  9. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    I don’t think Bill goes WR 1st. I think Brain Winters OG/T, then, CB Darius Slay, and third, SS/LB DaVonte Holloman as the draft is now set.
    I’m 99% sure the Patriots make trade moves to get more picks. Trading the 1 offers the most value in return. The Bears or Cowboys look very good, as both teams want starting players, and moving up 18-20 spots in the draft is a benifit toward getting talent.
    So fair value would be the Patriots 1st pick, for a 2nd,4th and a 3th next year, as both teams will be improved next year.
    The second possible trade is with Cleveland, who does not have a second choice in this draft. Two firsts would get them to high impact players for thier team. Trading here would get the Pats more value for next year, it would depend on the players the Patriots have targeted.
    It also brings in the idea of QB Ryan Mallett going to Cleveland, to compete with QB Weeden, as the future QB.
    So a deal with Cleveland, for the Pats 1st pick AND QB Mallett, looks interesting. Question is what in return. Clevelands 3d,4th,and a 1st next year.

    • acm says:

      Regarding the idea of trading mallet (I think Arizona could be an option too), I suppose an exchange of 1st round picks this and maybe even next year is another possibility … with maybe some later rounders too. That way both teams keep a 1st round pick, the Pats move up, which would allow them to stockpile on options if they decide to trade down once or twice that Cleveland (or Arizona) early 1st round pick.

      Best case scenario would be if we can get their 1st rounder this year, straight up, and trade our 1st rounder this year for the Jags’ 1st rounder in 2014 (with Clowney in mind) but a 1st round pick exchange seems more plausible. It would depend on how desperate teams like Arizona, Cleveland, etc, etc are for a new QB and the Senior Bowl sure didn’t provide them with viable alternatives to Mallet with that QB horror show.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Yes, Arizona is an option as well ! I think your last sentence say’s it best. Alternatives to Mallett in this draft are poor! There is good college tape on Mallett, and he’s had some NFL coaching, and alittle playing time, and practice time under Tom.
        So a team wanting a QB has the option, to get one for less than a 1st pick. By him self Mallett would demand, a 3d,4th, and 4th next year. We could still look at our 1st pick (if there’s a player Bill wants) or trade for a 2nd,4th, and a 3d next year. Bill is all about getting younger, and next year, for the teams future.

        • AM says:

          All due respect, there’s no way that Mallett would be worth a 3rd and two 4ths. At this point, he’s worth a 5th-rounder at absolute best on the open market. There is almost no pro-level tape on him, and while QBs are frequently “overdrafted,” “overtrades” are rare (think Kevin Kolb). It seems like we go through this dance every offseason, but only with Matt Cassel has there ever been a dividend. Even then, it took a full year of game film, 11 wins, and Mike Vrabel to squeeze a second-round pick out of Kansas City.

          What it comes down to is that solid backup QBs are good assets, but terrible commodities. Unproven QBs like Mallett are less valuable still in each category.

        • russell easterbrooks says:

          Looking at the QB draft class this year QB Mallett, is FAR better than these guys at a cheaper pick. You will be spending a 1st or 2nd this year to get a QB. Mallett at a 3d 4th and 4th next year is FAR cheaper, with a year of NFL coaching, and so preseason work.

        • AM says:

          Three mid-round draft picks for an unproven player is still a ridiculous haul, regardless of who is in the draft. The only way that deal happens is if there is some team out there who thinks Mallett is a sure-fire NFL starter, based on zero game film and a college track record that led him to drop to the third-round.

          The Patriots would, and should, do this deal in a heartbeat, but a two-season benchwarmer has zero trade value.

        • acm says:

          Am I missing something or has someone found extensive tape on any of the QBs in this draft class? So, why on earth is Mallet’s lack of playing time such a factor all of a sudden? If Mallet was coming out of this draft, he’d have been by far the most NFL ready QB. Add to that 2 years under Brady and belichick and I fail to see how are the Barckley’s and Smith’s of this draft a better option for a new QB to spend a 1st round pick on.

          And, as poor as the QBs are in this draft, rest assured there will be QBs taken in the first round (make that early 1st round ’cause that where the Arizonas and Browns and Jags of the NFL pick every year). And why is that? Because of how unique the QB position is and once a team has zeroed in on their new QB, they cannot afford to see him go to another team. You can pass on Star L. in the first round as there will still be a fine DT in early 2nd but you can’t treat QBs as replaceable otherwise you really have no plan for the new season.

          All in all, given how many teams are need of a new QB and how few the good options are between draft and free agency, Mallet’s value is far higher than it would normally be. It’s all about leverage in this type of situations – never underestimate the predictability of desperation and stupidity and teams that are picking early this year, have both of these in abundance.

          P.S. Also, Mallet is still on his 3rd round rookie contract. I bet that makes him an even sweeter piece of pie than a Geno Smith on a multi-million contract in the first round (early first that is).

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          AMC, great coments! This is what I’ve saying about QB Mallett !! He is easily worth a 3d and 4th pick, and for a team like Cleveland, or Jacksonville, a VERY good deal!!! Your words say it all on Mallett thank you , nice job on that point!!!

        • AM says:

          In principle, I agree that a player who is a third-rounder one year should (all else being equal, and in a draft class of equally distributed strength) be worth at least a third-round pick in trade the next year. Empirically speaking, it just doesn’t happen that way. I can’t think of any instances where such a trade occurred without the benefit of at least some pro game experience. Brett Favre and Rob Johnson are the closest examples, with one working out very well and the other not so much. Either way, not a lot of data points, and hardly any recent ones.

          In my opinion, there are two significant obstacles to such trades. First, there is the temporal issue–comparing any players across draft classes are difficult. But this can be mitigated somewhat by the wealth of information teams keep on hand. Second, and more significantly, is the psychological obstacle. GMs, scouts, and coaches are paid to be as objective as possible, but it is human nature to look more fondly at the new and shiny toy in front of you than to dust off the old one from the closet. A team may look at a rookie as a moldable ball of clay, and prefer a hands-on approach to player development; a backup from another team is used goods, not to mention older). Without some kind of game film to put the bloom back on the rose, there’s too much inertia to overcome.

          Fortunately for the three of us in this conversation, the issue is much more easily resolved than the usual forum hypothetical.

          I’m sure we all agree that Bill Belichick likes to stock his draft picks, and will maximize perceived value as much as possible. If Mallett is worth either a 3rd and two 4ths, or enough to flip first-rounders with Arizona this year, or enough to pry away or exchange a first-rounder with Cleveland next year, I trust that Belichick wouldn’t ever turn it down. All we have to do is wait a couple of months and see if it comes to fruition.

          I would wager that if Mallett does get traded prior to the preseason, it is for less than a third-rounder. Are you folks game for the bet?

        • steve earle says:

          Interesting debate here think I’ll throw in my two cents worth. A couple of things, does BB want to trade Millett or is he heir apparent to Brady? If the former Bill will have no better situation, league wise, to trade him. But if he is not preceived as the latter by others what is their motivation? He has to be regarded as a known commodity around the league therefor the attraction to a newer option (rookie) is most likely. Call me a pesimist but I have to lean toward AM on this one.

      • chieftiger says:

        Hey and then when the moron that makes this trade with the Pats can find another GM job with another team. Why Kc couls trade there 1st this year and next for the pats No. 1 this year just for the thrill of being able to trade with the Pats. MORONS!

        • steve earle says:

          ctiger, calm yourself, calm yourself. Fans up here are engaged in nothing more then exploring the most unlikely of possabilitys. I can’t think that those running the KC opperation would entertain trading the 1#1 for Mallett and #29. Smith is my bet for you out there but thanks for throwing a little cold water on the overheated expatitions going around up here.

    • steve earle says:

      I don’t know Russell, Winters has climbed from a 4th rd projection up to the Pats first pick? Not sure why, do you see him beating out Connelly or Mankins in the next couple of years? I know BB is always looking ahead but given far more critical needs for young players now and going forward at positions of need I just can’t see it. Whether or not he trades down #29 for a couple picks I still do not see Winters as the critical need pick.
      I know Bill’s history but we have seen him change his team from a def dominated ground and pound off to the record setting off dominated power it is today. Bill adapts to change and the last couple of years his drafts have changed because team dynamics have and are chainging. The more I think on it the more I think Bill will be looking to fill real needs again this draft and not be looking to fill the pratice fields with supporting players who might get limited snaps on Sundays in sub packages or special teams.
      As for Mallett and #29 for a 3rd & 4TH this year and 1st next? No, I just can’t see that happening, not even with the weak qb class this year. Best I can envision for a Mallett trade would be a couple mid rd. picks period.
      We’re all pretty much way ahead of ourselves because things are bound to change after the combine, they always do. One player or another will shock us with his 40 time or bench press’ or something. Some will move up others down, so what we think today is not the final judgements. Still it’s fun and we get to talk football. Go Pats!!!

  10. GranmaB says:

    It is always interesting to see how mock drafts associated with a particular team seem to play out in the best possible light for the home team. Some of your selections are incredible head scratchers, until it becomes apparent that your draft has been “set up” to ensure “your” Patriots get the player you most want for them.
    Cut back on the Patriot-kool aid and you may be able to put a realistic mock together.

  11. TD says:

    Is it likely Banks is the 4th CB off the board and falls to the end of the 1st/ 2nd round without punching a cop or running a poor 40? I hope that’s the case because I’d love to have him in NE but I thought that was more wishful thinking on my part.

    • AM says:

      Way too early to tell, I think–deserved or not, the combine is going to shake things up dramatically for some teams, and that will trickle down to the rest of the league. One wideout runs a 4.3 40, or one QB shows off better-than-expected arm strength, and everything from pick 8 on is science fiction.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I like CB Darius Slay as well as Banks, at a 3d round pick. Slay was a very good return guy as well.

  12. Lars says:

    You don’t draft WRs in the first round unless your’re the Lions, Giants or the Chiefs. Terrible first round.

  13. Yesares says:

    I don`t like John Simon`s pick. Patriots already have a Vrabel-esque player in roster, his name is Rob Ninkovich. I would prefer pick up either a interior defensive linemen that can rush the passer (Bennie Logan, Jordan Hill) or a coverage LB (Gerald Hodges, Zaviar Gooden, Sio Moore).

    • AM says:

      Agreed. Nothing against Simon, but the skill set is duplicative, and the team is pretty well off at DE between Jones, Ninkovich, Francis, Cunningham, and possibly Bequette and Scott. Unless we’re talking about a potentially blue chip first-rounder (Datone Jones), interior DL and coverage OLB are the way to go.

      Gooden would be a nice choice, although I wonder if the third round is a little high for him. A pity there aren’t any fourth- or fifth-rounders this year.

      • steve earle says:

        I thought this over, over night and feel there is real room for improvemenr at lde. I like Ninkovich, he makes plays, but a bigger more dominate de setting the edge and rushing simply makes the whole def better. Ninkovich spelling Jones, olb, bigger de, and in sub packages adds greater flexability for the D.

        • AM says:

          On that score, I’d be interested in seeing if/how Francis/Bequette/Cunningham develop. For that matter, it’s worth noting that Ninkovich himself has continued to improve each year, and is still relatively young. Now that he’s a DE more or less full-time, I’d expect to see him making still more plays next year, and there is no doubt that he has a knack for the big plays already.

          That being said, a dose of speed at that position couldn’t hurt. If Datone Jones falls to #29 (unlikely), he’d be a steal there–he could play DE, but is strong enough to reduce inside to play DT on passing downs, with Ninkovich shifting back to DE. If they then came away with some combination of safety (Swearinger, Jefferson, Thomas) and WR (Dobson, Patton) in Rounds 2 & 3, it would be a great draft.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I like Simon as Ninkovich is starting his 7th year, and Simon could give him a breather. But we have so many other good player opitions. As far as DT’s I have been watching alot of tape and (i’m going to hear it I know) BUt I think this guy Joe Vellano is the closest player I have seen to Wilfork. At 6’1″ 300 runs a 5.4 40, this guy rarely gets knocked off his feet, moves well up and down the line, and like Wilfork, has half his body and one arm on a blocker and uses the rest of his body and other arm to tackle a RB. Hold his ground well against double teams, and controls blockers. Why is this guy projected a 7th round pick??? He is smart, works hard ,high motor on EVERY play !!
      As LB’s go I think a big SS, who can cover a TE, play OLB if needed is the way to go, SS/LB DeVonte Holloman 6’2″ 235+ runs a 4.64 40, is the guy, check his tape!

  14. AM says:

    Given the relative depth of the WR class this year, I’d think the Patriots would go DB over WR in the first round if it came down to that choice. That being said, I think Deandre Hopkins would be a better choice than Woods, given injury history and physicality.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I agree, WR later round pick, I like Conner Vernon 4th-5th, if we trade for choices.

  15. Stephen S says:

    Even though you let good players get away ie Datone Jones Desmund Trufant Jonathon Banks Jordan Poyer Kawann Short and Jonathan Cyprien. You did a nice job well thought out matching talent and meeting needs now whats the likelyhood of it playing out this way lol

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