NEPD Editor: James Christensen
Taylor Price. Darius Butler. Terrence Wheatley. Bethel Johnson. Chad Jackson.
Hindsight is 20/20 with the NFL Draft, what we’re going to try here is foresight.
That leads me to my nightmare first round pick for the Patriots, and it is a name that a lot of you would like to see in a Patriots uniform next year.
Margus Hunt (DE, SMU) is a prospect that makes me very nervous.
First of all, he will be a 26-year old rookie at the start of training camp, older than almost 20 other players on the Patriots roster. The Patriots are starting to get younger on defense – spending a 1st-round pick that might not be around for a second contract isn’t the way to go.
Hunt is long on size and athleticism, but he is still short on tangible football skills. At 26 years of age, he can’t really be labeled a developmental prospect either.
If you can get Hunt’s pad level down and awareness up, he could be a very good player in the NFL – that said, I don’t want the Patriots to be the team to take that risk.
You can read more in Margus Hunt’s Scouting Report.
Your turn: Whose name will make you cringe if they are the Patriots first round pick this April?