2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Big Board

Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International (6002/217)
Fast riser. Can play free or strong safety. Plays the game fast and physical. Was the vocal leader on the field at the Senior Bowl. Will take him time to adjust to complex passing schemes of NFL, but has the range, instinct and athleticism to develop into top Safety. Came off as motivated and dedicated in interviews. Rosenhaus client.

Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers (6006/241 – 4.71)
Smart, productive Rugers product. Two Time Big East player of the year. Fits in as a weak-side linebacker, but has shown the ability to cover in the short to intermediate area of the field. Will make a lot of plays. Not a great athlete but overcomes it with instincts. Very good leadership skills, four year player, captain and Safety convert.

Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU (6040/277 – 4.80)
Has the size requirements Belichick likes from edge players. Overshadowed by bigger names at LSU. Played DT, NT in rush situations while in LSU. Probably, won’t be a star player, but could develop into sub package rusher. Liked what I saw in LB drills during the combine. Played all four years and handled being a role player well.

Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse (6047/307 – 5.14)
Played left tackle at Syracuse, some project to guard in NFL. Should be able to play Right Tackle as well. Graduated early and lauded for his service off the field and in class room. Athletic tackle, moves his feet well and handles his blocks. Shows good fundamentals, with high upside. Teammates with Chandler Jones, so team has seen a lot of him.

Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State (5110/189 – 4.45)
Vertical speed WR. Could be the deep threat the Patriots have been missing. Tested very well at the combine and has developed each year in college. Sure hands, tracks the ball well and can catch the deep ball in tight coverage. Has drawn comparisons to Mike Wallace. Can be a dynamic weapon in the screen, run game as well as on returns.

Barrett Jones, OG/OC, Alabama (6040/306)
Intangibles through the roof. All-American both on the football field and academically. Can play guard and center. Four year starter on three national championship teams. A solid pass protector, also exhibits sound overall fundamentals. Not a great athlete and has been injured a lot. Would fit nicely into the locker room.

Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU (5086/185 – 4.50)
Mathieu is just a great football player. He has great ball skills and amazing instincts for a CB. He impacts the game in so many ways and has a play-making quality that is rare. Multiple off the field concerns for Mathieu, but if he could be had in 3rd round it’s a steal. Verified solid speed (4.50) at the NFL Combine.

Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers (5110/191 – 4.56)
Rutgers connection. Aggressive and physical corner. Ryan tested better than anticipated at the combine running a very good 3-Cone time of 6.90. Played the same position as Devin McCourty and took over for him when he went to the NFL. Ryan is physical in the run game, but gets “handsy” in coverage.

Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M (6002/205 – 4.34)
Tied for the second fastest 40 at the combine. Reliable and productive slot receiver. Will go over the middle and lay his body on the line. Team player, who played his best in biggest games. Dropped more balls than you’d like his Senior year. Quiet kid, who goes about his business.

Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State (6000/192 – 4.36)
Emerging corner, has all the attributes the Patriots like their corners to have. Great speed and experienced on special teams. Can play gunner on punt and kick return. Plays the field side at Mississippi State. Fastest of all the corners at the combine and had good 3-Cone and Shuttle times.

David Bakhtiari, OL, Colorado (6042/299 – 5.09)
Former teammate of Nate Solders who projects to guard in the NFL. Said teams have shown interest in him at each position on the line including center after playing LT for Colorado. Shows good movement skills and the ability to get to the second level on blocks. His versatility is probably his best asset.

John Simon, DE/OLB, Ohio State (6014/257)
Tenacious pass rusher, gives it his all on every play. Probably has to convert to OLB at the NFL level. Praised for his leadership on and off the field. Loves the game of football and has drawn comparisons to Mike Vrabel. Urban Meyer called him “the heart and soul of the defense” Has good speed and uses his hands very well as a pass rusher. Will be a good litmus test for the new Urban Meyer, Mike Vrabel Ohio State connection.

Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State (6000/241)
The team needs more speed at LB, especially with coverage skills. Showed interest in Lavonte Davis last year. Brown is an impressive athlete, with top flight instincts and loves the game of football. A great teammate and locker room presence. Has a should issue right now, and a bit undersized. But, he will be a productive pro.

Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee (6040/196 – 4.44)
Big, fast, athletic freak. Can stretch the field vertical and test safeties down the deep middle of the field. Inconsistent and had some drops, but arguably the most upside of any receiver in the draft. If the Patriots change their philosophy on drafting WR, this guy could be a fit.

DJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina (5104/208 – 4.67)
Physical, emotional player who has respect of teammates. Comes of very passionate about the game of football. Has said he fits that Patriots system well and could add a much needed physical element. Most likely a 2nd or 3rd round player, who would be a good fit on and off the field.

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16 Responses to “2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Big Board”

  1. victor kiam's ghost says:

    My first three picks for the Pats would be Trufant, Tank Carradine, and Ryan Swope then use free agents to add depth in the secondary and the wr position……hey it could happen at least in my world.

  2. kdog says:


    I love your stuff. The post you put up recently with your top 100 ranking was gold. This post, too, is very helpful for thinking about our picks. Personally, I feel that this year’s selections will be even less dictated by need than in years past, because we could really use help at almost any position, but at the same time we will likely shore up immediate *needs* in free agency. . . so that makes it fun to look for gems that fit what we do.

    Love your list. But I wonder why you don’t have Jesse Williams on here. I have seen lots of mocks where he drops down to the end of the 1st and even into the 2nd. And he seems like a real committed football guy. And he would figure to fit into our scheme at DT. And he is a beast. Would BB see him as a chance to re-do the Brace pick, but this time with elite talent and a head for the game?

  3. Hunter says:

    Sorry for the stupid question, but I’ve been curious about this. When someone’s height is listed as 6014, does that mean 6’1.4″? or 6′ 1 and 4/16″? I have not seen an explanation for this. Logically I would think it’s the former, but we do not typically measure heights in decimals.

    Thanks for the help.

  4. Jerry says:

    Please get elam, we need a phsical ss to set the tone for that defense. Our d has been soft since harrison retired, time to get back to smash mouth d like we had when winning those superbowls,

    • Jeff M says:

      I would personally be very happy with a 1,2,3 of Rhodes, Elam and Dobson to address CB, SS and WR.

      I’m hoping we can nab Brian Winters in the 4th to play RG and then go for Reed, Tommy Kelley (once he’s a cap casualty) as a pass rush DT and maybe David Nelson at WR in FA.

      I really like Elam and Reid as safety options but I would still like us to go after Reed in FA.

  5. Smashmouthd says:

    Depending on their FA plans, a player like Austin doesn’t make much sense if Welker and Edelman return, and a Safety is not an issue if they reel in Ed Reed.

    So a lot depends on FA… however their two top needs can’t really be addressed in FA, but they can be through the draft.

    Desmond Trufant I think could fit their need at CB, and Aaron Dobson could fill their need for a tall physical outside WR… those to me are their two best potential #1 and #2 picks.

    • td says:

      I’m having a difficult time thinking BB would pick up Ed Reed, unless it was a 1 year deal at $1-2million. He doesn’t have the same speed and has had a bunch of missed time due to injuries. Regardless of the size of the boner BB’s had for him, I don’t see it now.

      I would keep an eye on Dashon Goldson. BB tried to get him in here a few years ago, but that was at a discounted, one year deal.

      Deadrick, Pryor, Cunningham and Love could be in trouble if BB goes DLine upgrade this year.

      • cc says:

        Hah. Deaderick, Cunningham and Pryor have always been a waste O’ time and should have all previously been stuffed in a previous trade as add on bait 2 make a deal happen.
        Deaderick may be the only exception. .. but he’s a back up/fill-in at best.

  6. AM says:

    Trufant and Datone Jones–fantastic picks in the first. Poyer is a great addition in the second. Swearinger would be great in the second or third. I wouldn’t touch Mathieu until the fifth or later–he has solid talent (although not the strongest build), and he said all the right things at the Combine, but he’s a huge risk right now in a year that features a very deep draft for safeties and a quality free agent market for cornerbacks.

  7. bmp1113 says:

    patton and bailey should be there at wr

  8. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Great job Mike interesting ! I think DT Brandon Williams is a guy who could be a huge help to New England, and think he’s a BB type guy.
    I like CB Slay, but also think CB Robert Alford , and CB Jordan Poyer, are great fits for the Patriots.
    I’m also a fan of DeVonte Holloman as cover LB with good size at 6,2″ 245.
    Cooper Taylor looks like a great value, at SS with size.

  9. Joe Blake says:

    I would take Brown in a heart beat with a “Mallett” extra pick, but right now I endorse 16 of your 20 who are either CBs, WRs or DTs.

  10. Matt says:

    where’s Patton and Da’Rick Rogers?

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