9. Brian Winters, OG, Kent State (6034/310)
Winters is a different type of OL than Pugh. Winters played LT in college, but there is absolutely no doubt that he is sliding inside to OG in the pros. Winters is a straight up mean SOB. He plays with a physical edge and really gets after the defender until the whistle. Winters is smaller than Pugh, but has a much more physical looking build. As a guard he plays with more leverage and is violent with his hands. Winters reminds me of a less athletic Logan Mankins.
10. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State (5116/182)
Poyer was tremendous all week showing a variety of different coverages and excelling in all of them. Despite his 182 pound frame, he was one of the most physical press corners in Mobile. Off the line of scrimmage he showed great recovery ability and above average instincts. He always was in the right position and while he didn’t make every play he was contesting just about every throw and made it tough on opposing receivers. Poyer fits the Patriots in my opinion, for his ability to adapt so well to different coverages and his awareness in coverage.
11. Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU (6052/272)
This is a tough one. One one hand Ansah is new to the game, lacks technique and doesn’t have much in terms of pass rush moves. However, on the other hand he has the size that the Patriots require from edge rushers and has shown upside as great as anyones in the draft. In Mobile, Ansah struggled in pass rush drills. He couldn’t counter and lacked a plan against the top OT competition. However, the game was a different story. Ansah dominated both as a pass rusher and even more so in the run game. Pairing Ansah with Chandler Jones would give the Patriots a young, long and athletic edge rush tandem for years to come.
12. Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech (6000/202)
If Wheaton wasn’t the best receiver this week then it was Quinton Patton who showed a lot of the same abilities that Wheaton did. Patton isn’t a blazer, but he gets open with good footwork, acceleration and body control. Out of all the receivers in Mobile, I thought Patton stemmed his routes the best, getting good position on the defender and presenting a large catch radius to the QB. He has sound hands and displayed the ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls. Patton can play out of the slot, which would make him a huge threat, since he would get a clean release. For the Patriots, Patton could be that 3rd receiver that they have failed to develop for the last 6-7 years. Patton along with Wheaton is a likely second round pick.
13. Cornelius Washington, DE/OLB, Georgia (6040/264)
Washington turned a lot of heads down here with his ability to convert power to speed. He has an NFL ready body and showcased a powerful jolt on initial contact. Washington is a bit of a tweener. Teams are unsure if he is a linebacker or defensive end. Either way Washington displayed enough pass rushing power to garner a day three selection. For the Patriots he has the size they like on the perimeter of the defense. Washington is big enough and strong enough to set the edge vs. the run, as well as rush the passer.
14. Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International (6002/209)
Cyprien was quite possibly the biggest winner in all of Mobile. He was the most physical player on either side and was flying around the field making plays. Cyprien seemed to absorb all the coaching and was trying to be the vocal leader of the defense. Cyprien’s great week started at the weigh in where he was one of the “weigh-in” warriors and continued to shine with the pads on. Cyprien isn’t limited to in the box safety, as he showed solid range when playing single high safety. For the Patriots Cyprien would give them the big, physical aggressive presence at Safety they haven’t had since Rodney Harrison left.
15. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State (5106/192)
Taylor made a number of plays on the ball in Mobile and displayed good coverage ability at all levels of the passing game. He’s got quick-twitch movements and showed fluid hips in coverage. Taylor is a very good zone corner and showed an the ability to read the route and make a play on the ball. The Patriots need a cover corner in the worst way and Taylor could be a guy who is on their board.
Other Players Who Might Fit:
Kyle Juszczyk, FB/HBack, Harvard
Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU
Kyle Long, OL, Oregon
BW Webb, CB, William & Mary
Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State
Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee
Michael Williams, TE, Alabama
John Simon, DE, Ohio State