NEPD Editor: James Christensen
We heard about your draft nightmares for the New England Patriots last week, this time around we’ll keep things a bit more positive.
What is your dream scenario for the Patriots in the 2013 NFL Draft this April?
For me, the Patriots need to bring in some youth and size at the wide receiver position, while continuing the youth movement on the defensive side of the ball – specifically at the defensive tackle and defensive back positions.
My two top targets in the first round are Clemson receiver Deandre Hopkins and Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine. While Hopkins is a prospect that should be able to come in and start on day one, Carradine’s knee injury might mean a visit to the PUP list before joining the team in the middle of his rookie season.
If the Patriots team doctors feel comfortable that Carradine is going to recover fully, he is a top ten talent rushing the quarterback. A rotation of Chandler Jones, Carradine and Rob Ninkovich at defensive end would be pretty daunting for AFC East quarterbacks.
Hopkins, however, would be my preference. A receiver of his size, route-running ability and technical skill is exactly what the Patriots need to build around. He isn’t as flashy as Cordarrelle Patterson, but he’ll get the job done.
In the second round, there will be a glut of talented cornerbacks and safeties coming off the board. If the Patriots could land a player like Jordan Poyer, Jamar Taylor or Johnthan Banks in the second round, Coach Belichick wouldn’t hesitate – assuming of course that the Patriots haven’t already addressed the need in free agency.
Recap: Hopkins in round one, CB in round two.
Your turn: What is your (realistic) dream scenario for the Patriots in the 2013 NFL Draft?